Joe Josytewa, a Hopi Native American master silversmith handcrafted this Kokopelli belt buckle out of sterling silver.
Joe Josytewa, a Hopi Native American silversmith, handmade a beautiful belt buckle that features 3 Kokopellis, playing their flutes to chase away the harsh winter weather with hopes that the spring rains will insure success in the planting and growing of their crops.
The artist used a process called Hopi overlay that involves using two layers of sterling silver. Joe's craftsmanship is remarkable in style and balance. He has precision cuttings in his designs and uniformed etched backgrounds that he has blackened in the traditional Hopi style.
Joe Josytewa is a member of the Snow Clan who lives on the Second Mesa. He was born into an extended family of silversmiths who specialize in traditional Hopi overlay jewelry. Joe Josytewa signs each of his handcrafted pieces with his name and personal hallmark – a snowflake.
This amazing Hopi sterling silver belt buckle was created by renowned artist Delfred Masawytewa and features two Kokopellis playing their flutes to chase away the harsh winter weather in order to bring about the spring rains that will ensure success in the planting and growing of their crops.
Uniquely designed and handcrafted by Delfred Masawytewa, or better known as “Sparky,” this belt buckle is made of two layers of sterling silver with the characteristic blackened background and detailed design from a process known as Hopi Overlay. "Sparky's" meticulous craftsmanship is remarkable in design, style and balance.
Delfred is a Hopi Silversmith from the village of Mishongnovi of Second Mesa where he is part of the Bear Clan. He is a well known silversmith who has been featured in many books. Delfred is the Grand-son of Arthur Masawytewa and brother of Gary Masawytewa.
Wilbur Muskett is a Navajo Native American silversmith and lapidary artist who has handmade this masculine, oval shaped, big and bold Badger Bear Paw Belt Buckle. Made of .925 Sterling Silver, there are two turquoise stones that are beautifully mounted in a shadow box setting. The expertly handmade twisted rope design surrounds the bear paw and the extensive, perfectly hand-stamp work enhances the polished sterling silver and highlights the entire design of this buckle.
Arnold Maloney, is the Navajo Native American artist of this attractive belt buckle that features an oval Manassa Turquoise stone in the center. To create this buckle Arnold used two layers of sterling silver to create a dome or raised center to showcase the turquoise stone. A sterling silver hand-twisted rope design surrounds the stone's bezel. Sunshine rays have been hand-tooled with a hand-stamped sunshine design at the end of each ray. There are additional intricate stampings around the perimeter of the the buckle. Silver detailing this elaborate takes a very steady hand and is very time consuming in order to produce such meticulous, intricate work.