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An exceptional, large tufa-cast silver and turquoise

belt buckle by Charles Loloma, circa 1970

This buckle is a real stunner, one of the most unique and beautifully conceived and executed Charles Loloma pieces we have ever seen. It has an unusual, asymmetrical, offset shape encompassing the design of a stylized, four-pointed "Morning Star". Loloma was a master of tufa-casting and the silver casting on this buckle is masterfully accomplished with a wonderful contrast in textures between the polished and unpolished areas. The large turquoise stone is either from the King's Manassa Mine in southern Colorado or the Royston mining district in Nevada. It is a very beautiful, greenish stone with lovely light-brown matrix mixed with subtle, darkish-yellow shades set in a finely-serrated silver bezel.

The buckle is quite sizeable, measuring 4" in maximum width and 3 1/2" in maximum height and weighs 101 grams or 3 5/8 ounces. It is in excellent original condition and is signed "Loloma" on the back in the customary fashion. It will accommodate a belt of up to 1 3/8" width. This buckle was purchased directly from Charles Loloma between 1968 and 1972 by the King family who at that time owned the old Santa Fe East Gallery, which was one of the only two galleries in Santa Fe that represented Charles Loloma’s. The buckle was acquired directly from the King Family Collection.

This buckle makes a very bold statement, but it does so beautifully and comfortably.

Price available on request