Montana Silversmiths began in a little filling station in 1973, when Kent Williams was inspired by a metalsmithing process that would soon revolutionize the silver business. It is there, on Main Street in Columbus, Montana that the non-tarnishing, durable and inexpensive MONTANA ARMOR™ belt buckle finish came into being. With that stroke of genius, his fledgling company solved a long-time problem for retailers like us at Gold Mountain Trading.
Montana Silversmiths began in a little filling station in 1973, when Kent Williams was inspired by a metalsmithing process that would soon revolutionize the silver business. It is there, on Main Street in Columbus, Montana (455 families) that the non-tarnishing, durable and inexpensive MONTANA ARMOR™ belt buckle finish came into being. With that stroke of genius, his fledgling company solved a long-time problem for retailers like us at Gold Mountain Trading.
Silversmiths & American Craftsmanship
Although Montana Silversmiths started out as a buckle company, it today offers the broadest line of western buckles, watches, jewelry, gifts, and home decor in the western lifestyle industry. Montana Silversmiths is still doing American craftsmanship in Columbus in a sparkling new production facility on the banks of the Yellowstone River that produces their custom belt buckles, western belt buckles, western jewelry, western and more western items. Take a look at our Montana Silversmiths’ Tour!
As a wholesaler, Montana Silversmiths relies on retailers like Gold Mountain Trading to do public sales on their behalf and we are so proud to represent this fine company. Through our BuckleBuilder tool, we sell more custom trophy belt buckles for Montana Silversmiths than any retailer in the 25 countries in which the brand has outlets. These distinctive belt buckles are awarded to worthy contestants in rodeos, horse clubs, schools, and even "vanity" uses for individuals.
Montana Silversmiths & Gold Mountain Trading
The business philosophy and values at Montana Silversmiths have always included creativity, innovation, passion and hard work.
"The secret to the success of Montana Silversmiths," says Judy, "is the rock-solid relationships we have built over the years, like the one we have with Gold Mountain Trading. Yes, Montana Silversmiths crafts beautiful buckles and jewelry, but our other priority is to build tight relationships with our partners."
Montana Silversmiths Scholarship
It seems only natural, then, that a human-centered company like Montana Silversmiths would start a great scholarship program - the Montana Silversmiths Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship Awards for high school and college students.
It was all Director of Marketing Judy Wagner’s idea. "When my kids were in high school rodeo and college rodeo, I thought that maybe there was something we could do for kids that went beyond buckles. So we've created the Montana Silversmiths 'Everybody Wins Program.'"
A portion of every buckle purchased through the program is allocated directly to the scholarship fund. Scholarships from Montana Silversmiths are awarded for self-improvement, achieving goals, involvement in a western way of life, possessing sportsmanship skills and involvement in the community. The Montana Silversmiths Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship rewards a "can do" philosophy, which continually works on improving skills, both scholastically and personally. Those who are interested in applying should call Montana Silversmiths directly at 1-888-677-9487.