What, you thought a belt buckle was just a piece of metal there to keep your pants from falling down? Well, actually, you’re right about how that whole belt-buckle thing works, as it turns out. Good for you. That being said, a stylish gent like you probably knows that a well-chosen fashion accessory -- like a slim wallet or a proper watch, for example -- can say an awful lot about the man who’s sporting it.

If you don't want to throw away the chance to tell the world exactly who you are via the chic, trendy or outlandishly expensive clasp fastening your belt together, man, have we got a great list for you. Here are five belt buckles — varying in price, realistic plausibility of ever acquiring one, and aesthetic design — that just might blow apart your sense of style, and your mind.