For your consideration is a c1974 vintage sterling silver southwestern belt buckle fashioned with three Lander Blue Turquoise cabochons and two bear claws. The buckle design and use of bear claws is consistent with 1970s southwest silver work.
Tim King purchased much of the original stones from the Blue Wind mine and also from the Lander Blue Mine prior to anyone realizing that both mines were “hat mines”, producing only about 100 pounds of Turquoise each and making it the rarest Turquoise on earth. The Little Bert King Company employed both Indian and Anglo silversmiths and produced many pieces of bear claw jewelry during this time period which marked the height of southwest jewelry with bear claws. Thanks to the hallmarks matching a well-documented history by John Hartman of Durango Silver Company (website), we can confidently say that these stones are original Lander Blue Turquoise stones.
The Turquoise cabochons measure 18mm x 12mm; 16mm x 15mm; and 17mm x 11mm. Thickness for all stones is conservatively estimated at 2.5mm. The total Turquoise weight is conservatively estimated at 11 carats. The average height from the base to the top of the stones is actually 7mm, so the total weight could be anywhere from 11 carats to 65 carats. The buckle measures 3 inches x 3.75 inches and weighs 135 grams. Hallmarked Little Berk K; Albuq NM; and EH. Retains the original inventory sticker and sticker written in old BIC ballpoint pen identifying the Turquoise as Lander Blue. The buckle tested 93% Ag by X-Ray Fluorescence.
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c1974 Little Bert King Company Lander Blue Turquoise Southwest Sterling Buckle With Bear Claws Signed EH