Rare Vintage Sterling Native American Turquoise Signed Ricky Reener Belt Buckle
The world has had a fascination for turquoise for over 7000 years. The oldest known example of any jewelry was a carved turquoise and gold bracelet found on the mummy of an Egyptian queen. In the American Southwest, Native Americans have mined turquoise since prehistoric times. Many legends surround turquoise, it is believed to bring good fortune and health. While turquoise was once used as currency in the American Southwest, it has been treasured as an adornment throughout the centuries worldwide. The evolution of turquoise jewelry from its appeal as southwestern, Native American or tourist jewelry, to one of the most coveted gems set in designer jewelry worldwide. Coveted, that is, only if you are talking about true, genuine turquoise. And so our turquoise love story continues. While the demand for turquoise has increased dramatically, the supply of genuine turquoise is limited. Turquoise jewelry has been worn for both fashion and cultural significance throughout history. Many American Indian tribes believe the stone harbors mystical powers. According to some beliefs, turquoise can keep bad spirits away and some believe it can ward off bad spirits, encourage communication, creativity and spiritual bonding. The Navajo believe that a piece of Turquoise is actually a piece of the sky that has fallen to Earth, and therefore that it connects the earth to the sky. It is also one of the most important holy stones in their belief system for protection of the body and soul. Sterling silver handcrafted belt buckles are typically detailed and unique in design. Just outside of the small mining town of Globe, Arizona, is the highly variable and prolific Sleeping Beauty mine. With little to no visible matrix, Sleeping Beauty turquoise has a clear, light turquoise appearance that is extremely popular worldwide. Though the Sleeping Beauty mine once produced a vast amount of turquoise, the majority extracted from this region today is from the tailing piles. Since much of the modern Sleeping Beauty turquoise jewelry is enhanced, and therefore cheaper, the small, high-grade yield from this mine is among the most coveted by collectors and artists. The item “RARE VINTAGE STERLING NATIVE AMERICAN TURQUOISE SIGNED RICKY REENER BELT BUCKLE” is in sale since Tuesday, February 11, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Western Americana\Belt Buckles”. The seller is “4744366” and is located in Andover, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.