This is one of a group of belt buckles that we commissioned Guy Hoskie to make for us. We provided him with the stones for this project and had him make these buckles with 14 gauge Sterling, which is thicker Sterling sheet silver than what is normally used. Consequently, this buckle has nice heft and weight and we think it makes for a better product.
This is a classic Navajo buckle design made to be worn with jeans or other pants with wide belt loops (including most khakis). This buckle has a finely sculpted edge with eagle feathers radiating from the center stone, two concentric bands of stampwork and eagle feathers marking the left and right edges of the buckle. This is set with an oval stone of natural, untreated Bisbee Campbellite from Arizona cut for us by master lapidary Bruce Mead.
Guy's hallmark consists of his initials G and H with the word Sterling stamped between the letters of his initials.
Dimensions of buckle: 3" x 2 5/8"
Stone: 7/8" x 9/16"
Weight of stone: 13 carats
Total weight: 78.9 grams
Fits 1 1/2" belt (standard western belt)
Note on Campbellite: First found by Ray Wright, a Phelps Dodge employee, in the Campbell shaft of the Lavender Pit in Bisbee, Arizona in the late 1940's. Campbellite flouresces under black light and ranges in color from green to deep red. It often includes smaller deposits of turquoise and copper aggregated in the stone. A relatively small quantity of this stone was extracted and saved from the mining process; finding its way out of the mine in the lunchboxes of a few miners. The mines in Bisbee closed in 1975 and the pumps, which constantly drained the mine shafts of water and made mining possible, were turned off. The only known deposits of this mineral, other than the few rocks spirited out by the miners, are now covered by hundreds of feet of water deep underground. (Source: Arizona Highways Magazine, August 2004 issue).