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Zuni Navajo Signed Sterling Silver & Turquoise Concho Belt
This solid sterling silver Zuni Navajo concho belt has oval "concha" links (named from the Spanish word conchas, meaning "shells") with oval turquoise stones, prong set in each link, with scalloped edges and a 3D pop-out repoussé flower petal design and etched curved eyelashes. Each conch link is connected by a sterling silver circle or hoop and the belt buckle is butterfly or bow shaped, adorned with seven turquoise stones and a similar design to the oval links on the belt.
Back of buckle is hallmarked "MP Sterling". This piece is most likely vintage 1970's, given the previous owner's travel history.
Each oval shaped link measures 1.5" X 1.25" inches. The buckle measures 2.5" X 1.5" inches. Total length of belt is 44.75" inches. Weight is 142 grams or 5 ounces. Excellent vintage condition.
NOTE: Vintage white dress courtesy of Vintage Virtuosa of Westport, CT.
Bit O'History: A concho belt is a distinctive kind of belt that is both functional and a work of art. In fact, concho belts are considered highly prized pieces of jewelry since they're typically constructed of round or oval pieces of silver embellished with gemstones. The traditional concho belt is unique to the Zuni and the Diné (Navajo), the tribes indigenous to the Southwestern United States. However, the Spanish, Mexicans, and possibly other people native to the area, influenced its evolution. Initially, the Diné learned the art of metal working from the Mexicans, and the earliest concho belt decorations were likely adaptations of the decorative bridle buckles found there.
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: silver, turquoise blue, Size: L
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Gay Sherman Weintz, Ivoryton, CT
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