This talented Navajo jeweler, Ira Custer, has fashioned a truly unique piece. He is known for his expertise in making Tufa cast pieces. Much skill is needed to successfully use this method as he has been doing for several decades. In this sterling silver concho belt, from the 1970's, he has used the hand symbol with a spiral interspersed with coils. The Hand symbolized human life and this sign was believed to channel energy to the wearer. Interestingly, this piece could be worn as a concho belt or a necklace! Either way would be stunning. The length is 31" but could be extended easily by adding additional rings. The "buckle" piece is 3" by 1 ½" and the other hand pieces are 2 ¼" by 1 ½". The weight is 324 grams. It is from a private collection and in very good condition.