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Belt Buckle - Eagle Medicine Wheel German Silver by Mitchell Zephier (Lakota/Lower Brule)

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Price: $295.00
Item Number: MZBU013

This Eagle medicine wheel belt buckle is made of German silver, an alloy of nickel, zinc, and copper, and is inlaid with crushed minerals in each direction. Black and red are pipestone, yellow is sandstone, and white is mother of pearl. It represents balance between the physical and spiritual world with the circle, cross and four colors holding several meanings and representations.

Each color has a direction associated with it. East (Yellow) is the direction from which the sun comes. South (White) or southern sky is when the sun is at its highest, so this direction stands for warmth and growing. West (Black) is where the sun sets, and signifies the end of life but also the source of water. North (Red) brings the cold, harsh winds of the winter season and represents the trials people must endure and the cleansing they must undergo. The circle represents the outer boundary of Earth and the crossing lines can represent man's path.

The symbols hold a teaching which states "walk the good red road and live the balance within the sacred medicine wheel of the universe."

Mitchell Zephier, Sr. began making jewelry in the 1970's where he learned metalsmithing techniques from Frank Standing High, a high school art teacher and master traditional craftsman, and inlay techniques from a Zuni jeweler.Today, Mitchell works with his brother, Roger Herron (Lower Brule), who does the fine cutting and stamping, and Belle Star Boy (Rosebud Sioux). Together they create unique jewelry in sterling silver and brass that incorporates traditional Northern Plains designs. Their jewelry is often inlaid with crushed materials such as pipestone, alabaster, lapis or malachite mixed with epoxy as a holding agent.

Size : L 2", W 2/75"
Fits up to a 1" belt