Handcrafted by Navajo silversmith Rosco Scott, this sterling silver and Mediterranean coral belt buckle is an exquisite statement piece. Scott created the sterling silver piece with 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 deep red coral arranged in traditional cluster style.
Distinctive, substantial, and timeless, this eye-catching belt buckle is an eye-catching way to incorporate the artistry of Native American jewelry into your wardrobe.
- Buckle handcrafted by Rosco Scott (Navajo)
- Sterling silver & Coral
- Buckle measures 3” long x 2 1/4” 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. Scott also utilizes very high-grade stones such as Mediterranean coral, Sleeping Beauty turquoise, and other quality gemstones.
Clusterwork is a jewelry style developed by the Zuni people, and not found anywhere else in the world. Early Zuni jewelry resembled Navajo silverwork, but in the 1920s and 1930s, Zuni artisans developed a signature style that involved setting large groups of hand-cut gemstones into extremely intricate settings. The finely cut gems were often arranged in beautiful patterns that resembled flowers, snowflakes, or wagon wheels.
Though Zuni-style clusterwork is most closely associated with turquoise, jet, and coral, any gemstone may be used.
Petit point and needlepoint are two types of Zuni clusterwork and can be distinguished by the shape and size of the gemstones. Petit point refers to gems cut into round, oval, rectangle, pear, or square shapes, while needlepoint refers to gems that have been cut into a thin sliver or needle shape.
Clusterwork is an extremely time-consuming process, and fewer and fewer artists are taking the time to hand-cut their gemstones. A piece of cluster jewelry is an exquisite work of wearable art that showcases the unmatched lapidary skills of Native artists, and will be an heirloom for generations to come. Today, Zuni, Navajo, and Pueblo artists use petit point and needlepoint styles to create beautiful wearable art that will be an heirloom for generations to come.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
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 sawing 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 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.