1. This sterling buckle affixed with the Medal of the Immaculate Conception takes Austin brothers Demian and Alex Vazquez fourteen hours to craft. $1,495; dandabrothers.com

2. Each creation by Ingram-based Clint Orms is named for a county in Texas. Kenedy inspired this overlaid and filigreed sterling trophy buckle with a ten-karat rose-gold steer head. $7,150; clintorms.com

3. This Mexican real embedded in sterling silver is part of Jason Christopher Maida’s namesake collection of vintage currency buckles sold at his Houston store. $310; maidasbelts.com

4. Matt Hackett, of Richmond, learned to be a silversmith while doing time in state prison. He’s designed buckles for the Texas Rangers and George W. Bush, and his recent retirement has sparked a frenzy among collectors. $995; shoprewards.com

5. Fredericksburg jewelry maker Jeep Collins, son of celebrated handbag designer Enid Collins, first produced this bronze armadillo in the late seventies. To commemorate forty years in the business, he’s bringing it back. Price upon request; jeepcollins.com 

6. Stephenville’s Nick Cunningham created his first buckle twenty years ago, and the Indian Chief is his 8,321st trophy buckle design. $4,500; jewelrymannick@yahoo.com