James Christian 1.5 inch custom sterling silver one of a kind trophy buckle featuring 14k gold, blue diamonds & yellow sapphires. Fits all 1.5 inch belt straps.
The James Christian “Seesaw” is a Sterling silver buckle embellished with an 18K Yellow Gold flat wire edge, 18K Spring Green Gold on the bottom, Antiqued silver on top with a stippled background and featured in the center are two 18K Yellow Gold JC jesters on a platinum seesaw with a yellow diamond on one side and a blue diamond on the other that are set in 18K yellow gold. Then for the apex of the seesaw we have half carat fine trillion diamond also set in 18K yellow gold. This piece is entirely hand made by the collection’s creator, James Christian.
The James Christian piece known as “The Seesaw” is described by James as a metaphor for life with its ups and downs through time. Whether its things such as family or business, you are always moving from one side of the Seesaw to the other as you’re often teetering between the highs and lows that naturally occur. The openings at the top and the bottom are to show that there are limitless highs and lows that you can reach through hard work or hardship.
Handmade sterling silver with 18k round wire edge, interrupted by hope. The top half of the buckle is textured silver, the bottom half is textured 18k gold, as a representation of the “half full” motto of James Christian. The running wire is round platinum, adorned with a diamond progression starting with an unfinished precious stone and ending in two white polished diamonds. A portion of the proceeds from this sale will be donated to the semicolon project, a project designed to recognize the struggle of those with depression and suicide and addiction, people who have chosen to continue their story.
Inspired by the caterpillar of the same name in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Absolem is also a tribute to Alan Rickman, who played the character in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. This is a personal piece, since the silversmith’s family is big fans of the late, great actor. With such inspiration, it’s no wonder this buckle looks like it belongs on the pages of the book. Its curved, sterling silver face is blackened, then adorned with letters of all shapes and sizes. All of them are hand-cut, and made from silver, fourteen-carat and eighteen-carat gold. As a final flourish, Stegman has placed several yellow and blue sapphires over the entire piece. Signed by the artist with “smoke rings” carved into the back of the buckle, this is a one-of-a-kind collectible. Fits all 1.5-inch belt straps.
America’s oldest western silversmiths, Comstock Heritage was founded in 1886. Since then they have been perfecting the art of taking metal from the earth and shaping it into something beautiful. James Christian Stegman is the current owner. The Stegman family has owned the business since the 1920s, making everything from badges for law enforcement to ornamentation for saddles. Using this storied history and expertise, the craftsmen at Comstock now specialize in one-of-a-kind custom silver and gold pieces. Everything Comstock produces is made entirely by hand, reflecting respect for the materials and care for the family legacy of Comstock Heritage.
Part of the James Christian Collection, ”One Moment” features 18k yellow gold characters, jester motifs, and bezels for its two blue and two yellow diamonds. A harlequin-pattern 14k gold border surrounds the darkened and layer-engraved sterling silver face, adding dimensions of depth, movement, and texture to buttress the design’s aesthetic diversity and set off the smooth, bold centerpiece. The Japanese characters ichi-go, ichi-e translate to “one time, one meeting”, a folk idiom referring to the once-in-a-lifetime nature of a moment, especially a social gathering, which can be replicated but never repeated exactly. Appreciation for this “one moment” is shown by mindful presence and sincere participation—a notion resonant with the way James Stegman approaches each one-of-a-kind piece in the James Christian Collection. Handmade to fit all 1.5 inch belt straps.
The “Scrap Buckles” were some of James Stegman’s first truly experimental pieces, and he’s returned to the theme once again after several years. For him, the building process is as fun and freeing as the end result itself. The buckle’s face features an energetic medley of fragments: yellow and rose gold, sterling silver, & yellow and blue diamonds chief among them. James also adorned the back of the buckle with a dark jester motif—hence the buckle’s secondary name, Retreat of the Dark Fool—representing a departure from his recent exploration of some serious, occasionally melancholic themes and a return to his early creative roots in optimism and generative energy.