This handcrafted sterling silver concho belt created by Navajo silversmith Leonard Maloney features skillfully stamped conchos, arranged along a black leather belt.
An icon of Native American jewelry, the concho belt was developed from Plains Indians' hair ornaments and Spanish bridle decorations, and became a distinctly Navajo form of jewelry. The concha is one of the most widely recognized shapes in Native American jewelry, featuring a silver oval or circle that is stamped with a central radiating design. A concho belt features a number of these silver ornaments along a belt. The first concho belts were made by Navajo silversmiths in the 1870s–1880s.
Belt measures 49-3/4" long, natural black leather
Each Concho measures 2-1/2" long and 2" wide and is copper backed.
Comes with a certificate of authenticity.
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