Belt up! The buckle's place in history
Buckle down and take a look at these beautiful designs
© Getty Images
We've been using buckles since the Iron Age. This handy clasp used to fasten belts, straps, and other materials quickly evolved into a decorative work of art crafted out of gold, silver, and other precious metals. Many were embellished with gemstones and served a ceremonial purpose as much as a practical function.
Click through and take a look at how we've buckled up over the centuries.
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
LIFESTYLE Olympic games
TRAVEL United kingdom