Clint Orms grew up a cowboy in Wichita Falls, Texas, even competing as a bull rider. His father, a cowboy and rodeo judge as a young man, worked in western clothing, designing and marketing high quality products. “When I was born my father worked at one of the first Western shops in Texas, The Cow Lot”. George W. Bush appeared on the cover of Time magazine wearing one of Clint’s buckles. Queen Noor, Cindy Crawford, Susan Sarandon, Lyle Loyette, George Strait, Kix Brooks, Billy Bob Thornton, Tommy Lee Jones, Tiger Woods and Hal Sutton have all been customers. Each buckle he makes is named after a Texas county, followed by a number that denotes a particular style. The materials he uses include sterling silver, 14 and 18 carat gold in hues of green, yellow and rose, even diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and rubies.
All of the pieces that come out of his shop in the Texas Hill Country are hand-engraved, meticulously hand-soldered and finely polished to produce a functional work of art that is meant to last many lifetimes. Some of the buckles comprise about 200 pieces; the filigree work can contain as many as 300 pierced holes-, and some buckles take up to 200 hours to make. Clint won first place in the 2004 Western Design Conference in Cody, Wyoming, as Best Artist in Jewelry, another testimony to the quality and beauty of his buckles. The quality of a Clint Orms piece will last for generations. Eagerly sought by collectors, the buckles are sold in 15 of the most discerning Western stores, from California to Martha’s Vineyard, and not to mention, our gallery! They are awarded to winners of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and this year the Professional Bull Riders Bud Light Cup World Champion received one.
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