Rosco Scott Blue Turquoise & Sterling Silver Overlay Medallion Belt Buckle

Item No: 3532

$ 180.00

  • Handcrafted by Navajo silversmith Rosco Scott, this medallion-shaped belt buckle is an exquisite turquoise and sterling silver statement. Scott created the sterling silver piece through Hopi-style overlay, a sophisticated silversmithing technique that creates highly detailed, dimensional jewelry. The unique geometric cutouts represent elements of nature. At the center of the buckle are nine gemstones of vivid blue turquoise arranged in traditional cluster style. Distinctive, substantial and timeless, this eye-catching belt buckle is a sophisticated way to incorporate the artistry of Native American jewelry into your wardrobe.

    • Buckle handcrafted by Rosco Scott (Navajo)
    • Sterling silver
    • Overlay
    • Buckle measures 2” long x 2” wide and fits a 1-1/2” belt
    • Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity

    Handcrafted works of Native American art require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.

  • Rosco Scott is an accomplished Navajo silversmith who works primarily in Hopi style overlay. His handcrafted overlay sterling silver jewelry is recognized for its clean lines and superior craftsmanship, and he is most known for his “walking bear” design.
  • Turquoise beads have been made in the Southwest for thousands of years. The Anasazi, the ancestors of today’s Pueblo Indian tribes, mined turquoise in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. Chaco Canyon, a major Anasazi center, was at the center of turquoise trade routes stretching from the Pacific Northwest to Central America. Turquoise was not set in silver until the late 19th century after Navajo and Zuni artisans learned metalsmithing. The blue and green gem quickly became a favorite with Native American silversmiths, and was extremely popular with tourists visiting the Southwest in the early 20th century. Some Native Americans believe the gem was a gift from the spirits and call it the Sky Stone. Today, turquoise is one most iconic images of the Southwest and is still revered among Native American jewelry artists.
  • In the decades just before and after World War II, Hopi silversmiths developed their own sophisticated jewelry technique called overlay, which involves soldering together two pieces of metal. The artist begins by tracing a design onto a sheet of silver then saws out the design by hand, a difficult process requiring a high level of skill. The top piece is soldered to another layer of silver, and the bottom layer is oxidized to create a beautiful contrast with the highly polished top layer. Designs and patterns often incorporate traditional symbols, including sun, water, cornstalks, bear claws and the kokopelli. The overlay technique creates highly dimensional and detailed jewelry that demonstrates the remarkable craftsmanship of Hopi and Native American silversmiths.

    Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
  • At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.
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