DESCRIPTION: An impressive, heavy-gauge sterling silver belt buckle with a beautiful bezel-set rectangular stone, crafted by Navajo artisan Gibson Nez (1947-2007). The large buckle is hand stamped with close parallel lines around an undulating border, like radiant energy drawing your eye to the gem-grade, Nevada Blue Turquoise stone which Gibson hand-picked to feature in the center. Extraordinary, c. 1981, excellent condition, with Nez’s signature stamp on the back: “Sterling, GZN, Navajo.” DIMENSIONS: 3 1/8” wide x 2 1/2" high; 117 Grams.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Gibson Nez, both Jicarilla Apache and Navajo, is known throughout Indian Art Markets and by collectors worldwide as the master of silver stampwork. Nez was a self taught silversmith, ex-Bronco rider and stuntman, who won the prestigious Smithsonian Medal of Honor, won awards and more than 700 blue ribbons at major art market competitions, and has been featured in numerous magazines and books. Stampwork of Gibson’s caliber requires extreme patience and an eye for balance. No other craftsman comes close to the expert precision of his sharp, clean, impossibly close stamps. Grouped together these often undulating, meticulously placed lines are the power of Gibson’s work – creating a harmony of silver and stone.