One of the most exceptional pieces of Native American silverwork I have ever had the fortune of coming upon. This extraordinary piece is ONE OF A KIND. Stunning like new condition and signed by the obscure and brilliant artist Kakiki.
Size: 4" x 3.25"
Weight: 72 grams = 2.539 ounces
Materials: Sterling Silver
Stones: Turquoise (CONFIRMED HISTORIC BATTLE MOUNTAIN BLUE GEM TURQUOISE - Highly Collectible and Rare) Fossil Coral (Red)
Accents: Hand cut feathers.
About the Artist: Kakiki is a Navajo artist working in the 1950's and 1960's. This obscure and brilliant artist is known by less than 100 pieces. This belt buckle is a unique opportunity to own a rare and limited piece of Native American Pawn Sterling history. Kakiki is known for MASSIVE designs, much like this belt buckle's enormous size Kakiki made multiple huge pendants and necklaces, belt buckles are quite rare and only 2 (including this one) are available for sale on the internet. The artist signed everything by hand and this has a signature in perfect condition. This belt buckle was BARELY if ever used. Even the belt buckle fastenings are solid sterling silver, heavy duty and a stunning statement piece that would be suitable for a man or a woman.
About Historic Battle Mountain Blue Gem Turquoise: This is probably the most exceptional part of this amazing buckle. It features incredibly rare Historic Battle Mountain Turquoise, and not only that, it is of the highest "gel or glassy" gem quality pieces that polish to an incredibly high shine, are extremely hard and extremely stable. This piece will look just as beautiful when it is handed down as an heirloom 100 years from now! Here is some extensive historical information on this incredibly rare collectible stone.
The Blue Gem Turquoise Mine was located in the Copper Basin area southwest of Battle Mountain, Nevada, USA. Production of this turquoise mine started about 1934 and continued until the 1970's. Blue Gem Turquoise is still some of the finest turquoise ever found, and unlike most turquoise mines, (in which the majority mined is chalky and only usable if stabilized) most of the turquoise found there was of gem-quality. Lee Hand owned and operated the mine until 1970 when he sold his interest to the Elquist family of Battle Mountain, Nevada. While the Blue Gem Turquoise mine was very prolific at one time, today it is considered extremely rare, valuable and collectible turquoise. Most of the "finished" Blue Gem turquoise today is in private collections and museums, rarely offered for sale. The Blue Gem Turquoise mine was located deep underground, accessed by tunnels as deep as 800 feet. This is of interest because the Blue Gem Turquoise Mine and the Bisbee Turquoise Mine in Bisbee, Arizona are the only two Turquoise mines (that we know of) where turquoise was found that deep in the earth. Another interesting fact about both Blue Gem Turquoise and Bisbee Turquoise being found so deep underground as that both deposits produced some of the hardest and truest blue Turquoise ever found. Some of the Turquoise from both mines is "gel" quality gem material that is glassy in appearance.
EXCEPTIONAL COLLECTORS PIECE IN MAGNIFICENT CONDITION. Priced to sell and enter a private collection to be enjoyed. Ships with Certificate of Authenticity.
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