Popular for centuries in jewelry-making traditions all over the world the buckle motif can be found in all forms and metals, with or without gems, quite elaborate or strikingly minimalist. This 1940s Hector Aguilar version is wrought in sterling and even though its ornamentation is kept at a bare minimum, its rendition is sculptural, an attribute that is enhanced by oxidation and the patina of time. Even better, it is adjustable and there is enough "belt" there to make it several sizes bigger though it can also be smaller... Currently a sz 7.5 US with the buckle being 5/8" square the ring weighs 7.1 grams. It is fully signed with maker's conjoined initials in a circle formed by "MADE IN MEXICO STERLING" (see Hougart, Little Book of Mexican Silver, e-edition, p. 14, A-12); and dates in the 1943-48 period. It is in very good vintage condition with nice, crisp design and good depth and dimension, great patina and no unsightly damage or repairs noted except for what seems to be extra solder on the inside of the band, right behind the buckle. I find it difficult to believe it's a repair but even if that is the case, it is not visible at all and does not interfere with the way the ring wears or displays.