Amber and Turquoise
both are very suitable stones for buckles, while jade is the most durable. Curved nephrite is a good option, as quality jadeite in buckle size is expensive and difficult to come by. One has to select buckle stones for their strength as well as for the ease of re-polishing. Amber, even though it is soft, it is quite resilient and has the benefit of lightweight.
A gold buckle (even a small one) is a lot of gold, and it takes creativity to minimize the weight while building a strong structure that works well, looks beautiful and delicate, and is durable.
Colour Stones Buckles
A full body gold buckle
Filed, pierced and engraved from a solid 200g gold plate.
This work happened many years before I began working with the Chasing & Repoussé techniques.
With Tibetan turquoise small opals and brown diamonds.
20 and 22k rose gold. ‘1999’ India.
*Made to order, when gold was about a 10$/gram celebration.