The Sutro Breaking Down is meant to convey the feeling of losing control. We started with a thick sterling silver base, then joined 18 multi-colored gold and silver wires, different widths and lengths, and pulled them through the back of the buckle. When the wires were secure, we began to experiment with the idea of what it would look like if the design were spinning too fast, what would happen? This was a fun buckle to make, and we're very pleased with the execution. We've curated a large collection of stones at the shop, just waiting for the opportunity. The irradiated blue diamond in the center of the buckle is a perfect touch.
The Rasputin (so named after a black diamond run on Vail mountain) is a hand crafted Sterling silver buckle featuring 14k rose gold hand engraved scrolls, 18k green gold engraved lattice work, and an eye catching centerpiece of five black diamonds, 4tcw.
James Christian Obstacles
The James Christian “Obstacles” is a Sterling silver buckle embellished with multi colored 14k and 18k gold as well as platinum. This piece also features blue, white, and cognac diamonds and a yellow sapphire. This piece is entirely hand made by the collection’s creator, James Christian.
The James Christian piece known as “Obstacles” is described by James as "I originally wanted to make the buckle showing the obstacles we encounter in life. The seven deadly sins was also an idea, but didn't resonate with me. The buckle has symbols for mental health, suicide, luck, gluttony, death, money, cancer, opium, nicotine, alcohol, and sexuality. When it came to the background, I knew I didn't want it plain, and I wanted a way to add more meaning. The lines in the background are the lines in my hand. Head, health, life, heart, and fate are represented in rose, green, and yellow gold. The other lines are engraved by hand."
James Christian "Fit In"
James describes this buckle as follows "Throughout life we are all trying to find our way whether its new jobs, new cities, mixed families, etc. I've found where I fit in, but not everyone feels that way, or is that fortunate. The buckle has a Sterling Silver base, I applied the mulyi- colored golds and platinum in a Jackson Pollock/Joan Miro style, as though the geometric pices were dropped and flung onto the buckle. It was a little more work then that, however that was the general idea! The buckle is finished with blue and yellow diamonds as well as yellow sapphires. In the center of the large splotch in the lower right hand corner is a rare, natural, fancy pink diamond.
One of our favorite hand cut shapes. This buckle features hand cut and formed sterling silver overlays, with 14k Rose and Yellow, and 18k Green gold three dimensional overlays. Hand finished with .4tcw of Cognac diamonds, and a .5tcw Marquis white diamond. 2" x 3"
Named for the Brazilian state these black diamonds come from, this buckle features over 4tcw of black diamonds, and 1tcw of Pigeon's Blood rubies. Surrounding these precious stones are a round 14k yellow gold wire edge, and hand cut 14k white and rose golds.