The belt buckle was often used by the people of ancient Greece and Rome as well as those in northern Europe. The Belt became the object of special care on the part of metalsmiths, who decorated many buckles with rich and intricate designs. Some of the earliest buckles known were those used by Roman soldiers to strap their body armor together and were featured prominently on the balteus and cingulum. Made of bronze and expensive, these buckles were purely functional for their strength and durability and were vital to the individual soldier.
Belt buckles today are experiencing a true revival of their popularity – both from a fashion and recognition perspective. They are once again an integral accessory of men’s and women’s wardrobes.