Navajo and Zuni Indian tribes have continued to master the art of producing distinctive silver jewelry that gained popularity in the Southwest Indian populations. Zuni style silversmithing use an inlay technique that sets itself apart from other Indian silver jewelry Zuni belt buckles are characterized by their intricate mosaic patterns, which are inlaid into the silver in a specific pattern or design.

Authentic Zuni belt buckles will be stamped with .925 to show they are indeed sterling silver.
In the belt buckle Look at the way the stones are set, check to see that the stones are laid into the silver, not just set on top. Look to see if they make a pattern or design using a mosaic technique. Look for the artist’s signature. Zuni silversmiths almost always engrave their names into their art using an electric handheld engraver. Other tribes stamp their initials into their work.