This one-of-a-kind contemporary ranger buckle set was handcrafted by Zuni artists Stanford and Diane Cooche. Polished black onyx is set into a sophisticated sterling silver setting, showcasing the beautiful channel inlay technique that Zuni jewelry artists are known for around the world. The belt is accented with a sterling silver twist rope border. With its sophisticated combination of black onyx and silver, this ranger buckle set offers a modern look that will bring the artistry of Native American jewelry into your wardrobe.
- Ranger buckle set handcrafted by Stanford & Diane Cooche (Zuni)
- Sterling silver
- Black onyx
- Channel inlay
- Buckle measures 1-3/4” x 1-7/8”; belt tip measures 1-1/2” x 3/4”; and keeper loops measure 7/8” x 3/8”
- Fits a 3/4” belt
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Stanford and Diane Cooche are a husband and wife team of Zuni artist who continue their families’ legacy of making beautifully crafted channel inlay jewelry. Stanford learned the art from his father, Celestine Cooche, while Diane comes from the well known Haloo family of jewelers. Her grandmother, Rose Haloo, was the first Zuni artist to make snake eye jewelry, a technique similar to petit point that uses dozens of round polished gemstones set in rows or beautiful patterns.
Channel inlay is a distinctive jewelry technique closely associated with Native American people of the Southwest, particularly jewelers of Zuni Pueblo. When creating channel inlay jewelry, artists set precisely cut gemstones into pre-formed silver channels. The technique allows artists to use colorful combinations of gemstones in complex and creative patterns. Channel inlay requires masterful silversmithing and lapidary skills and is utilized by Native American jewelers to create magnificent jewelry pieces recognized for their craftsmanship and beauty as art.
Jewelry has been made and worn in the Southwest since prehistoric times. For thousands of years Native Southwestern people have made mosaic inlay and beads of turquoise, shell, bone or stone. Metal arrived with the Spanish. Native Americans acquired metal ornaments through trade, but it was not until the middle of the 19th century that Navajo and Zuni artisans learned the craft from Mexican blacksmiths and silversmiths. Their early silver jewelry creations were plain, with simple engraved, stamped or punched designs. Turquoise was first used in silver around 1880. By the turn of the century, silversmithing was widespread across the Southwest, and Native artists were making more sophisticated pieces like concho belts and squash blossom and naja necklaces. The Navajo soon became known for their use of silver, emphasizing silver-heavy designs with only a few gemstones, while the Zuni focused on stone work, featuring finely cut clusters of gems in complex patterns. The Hopi and Pueblo tribes also developed distinctive jewelry styles in the early 1900s. Today, silver jewelry is an iconic image of the Southwest.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.