Oval Sugilite and Sterling Silver. 2.58" X 2.1". Will accept a belt of up to 1.1.
38.3 grams = 1.23 Troy ounce. The Daniel "Sunshine" Reeves Sterling Buckle with Sugilite. Is Sterling Silver and Sugilite Belt Buckle was made by the talented and famous Navajo artist Daniel "Sunshine" Reeves using a high level of skill in both design and jewelry construction!
"Sunshine" (a boyhood friend of his told me he got this nickname because of his light colored hair) was born in 1964 and became active in the 1980's. He learned his craft from his older brother David, who was 15 years older. His brother Gary, also a noteworthy artist, is 2 years older than Sunshine. In addition to his other brother Leroy, additional talented half-brothers Andy, Darrell, and Donovan Cadman must have created a very supportive but competitive environment for them all to thrive in! Sunshine is a very collected and award winning artist who has established a standard by which so many others are judged.
The significance and influence of his work can not be overstated. It is signed with the more recent correct hallmark, "SUNSHINE REEVES" on the reverse. It is also stamped "STERLING" and is guaranteed to be Sterling Silver. It has a moderate tarnish on it. The Buckle looks as it should for having been used very lightly for a short period of time by a careful owner.
There are no brakes, cracks, chips, noticeable scratches, etc. The Gem Grade Sugilite, Sterling Silver, and Hardware are all fine. I believe it will please you...
The design theme in the silver work is exactly what you may hope for and features Sunshine's outstanding stamping. What impresses me most about this is the use of the Gem Sugilite and its contrast to the magnificent stamp work.Sunshine and his contemporaries favor the use of Turquoise. It is more common to see Tommy Jackson or a few others utilize Sugilite in their designs. So, I find this "refreshing" to see the Sugilite in the Buckle. Sunshine seems to take pleasure in creating challenging articles of great beauty. He has created some outstanding Canteens.
To many they represent the height of craftsmanship. Take a look and search for a few examples... They are rightfully very expensive. It is a charming piece of his artistry that you will enjoy every day! I hope you are pleased with what you see...
As the Navajo say, "Walk in Beauty". I thank You and look forward to sharing a good experience!
"AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY I" - Gregory Schaaf - Page 270. "AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY II: M-Z" - Page 194 - 195. "HALLMARKS OF THE SOUTHWEST"- Barton Wright.
THE LITTLE BOOK OF SOUTHWESTERN SILVER - Billie Hougart - Page 290. "ZUNI JEWELRY" - Theda and Michael Bassman. "ZUNI THE ART AND THE PEOPLE VOLUMES 1-3" - Barbara & Ed Bell- Volume."KNIFEWING AND RAINBOW MAN IN ZUNI JEWELRY". For reference only Sunshine Reeves Buckle Sunshine. The item "Signed Daniel SUNSHINE REEVES Navajo BELT BUCKLE Sterling Silver with SUGILITE" is in sale since Saturday, November 4, 2017.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Other Native American Jewelry"." and is located in Tucson, Arizona.
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