** There are 426 Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Stones, meticulously cut & set on the entire belt. Excellent Condition
This Very Beautiful Vintage Native American Zuni Concho Belt is 3rd Phase & features sterling silver and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise - signed VMB. The belt has 7 - large sterling silver, oval, scalloped edged conchos, each concha measuring 3” L x 2 1/2”W. Each concho is adorned with 20 – 5mm x 8mm petite point turquoise stones on the outer perimeter & 14 – (approximately) 5mm - round turquoise cabochons on the inner border, with a 6mm x 9mm center stone. The turquoise is set in serrated bezels. There are a total of 245 turquoise stones on the conchos alone.
This belt also features 8 – Butterfly Spacers between each concho that measure approximately 1 3/8” W x 2 1/2, each spacer is set with 8- 5mm x 8mm petite point Sleeping Beauty Stones on the scalloped outer edges. There are 8 – 4mm x 5mm round cabochons on the inner border & and a center oval stone that measures approximately 6mm x 9mm & are all set in serrated bezels. Each butterfly spacer features 17 stones for a total of 136 turquoise stones on the spacers alone.
The buckle is an oval form featuring scalloped edges & sterling silver crescents & drops around the edge. There are 26 - 5mm x 8mm petite point stones set in the outer border & 19 - 4mm round cabochons set on the inner border, which are all set in serrated bezels.
The buckle measures 3 ½” L x 3” W. The conchas, spacers and buckle are all embellished with twisted wire outlines between the rows of turquoise. Each concha, spacer & buckle were all cut from sheet sterling silver in the scalloped edge design, and then decorated with each piece of silver & turquoise which were individually applied. This is quite a belt – a wearable work of Native American Art & Craftsmanship!!
** - The conchos fit a 1 1/2” wide belt or strap. This concho belt is comfortable to wear, not being over-sized as to pinch when one is moving about, such as bending at the waist or sitting down. The advantage of the “3rd phase” style of conchos and spacers is that the copper slides are soldered to the back of each piece, making it easy to remove each piece and slide them on to a customized belt of your own to fit exactly the way you want them to fit.
This is just a delightful and stunning example of Zuni Craftsmanship. The belt measures 44” from tip to tip. The conchas & spacers are very close together and consequently if you wanted to use a longer belt for a larger waist size it would still look wonderful. We do not polish our sterling silver jewelry but leave that up to the buyer whether or not to preserve the beautiful patina.
Mark/Signature: VMB for Zuni Artists Valentino & Matilda Banteah who are a husband and wife team. Matilda does the stone work and her husband works the silver. Marked Sterling in script. Age: 1970’s
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Magnificent Vintage Native American Zuni Turquoise Butterfly Belt Butterfly Sleeping Beauty Sterling Silver Signed