Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Concho Belt


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Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Concho Belt

Oxidized Sterling Silver and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Concho Belt By Artist Andy Cadman. This belt features stamped sterling silver bezel set Sleeping Beauty Turquoise cabochons in the center and on the trim of each Concho backed with black leather on a black leather strap. The Buckle is 4 inches, each concho is 3 inches, and is 49 inches.

Concho Belt

Concho belts have a long history among Native Americans. They were first recognized as being discs of metal strung on leather and were often times worn like a bandoleer across one shoulder to the opposite hip. These early belts were mostly plain silver discs of nickel, copper or sometimes silver. The earliest of the Navajo Concho belts were all silver and changed to be worn around the waist instead of over one shoulder with a added buckle to the belt for fastening. Later silversmiths started incorporating stamped designs and stones into their belts. Navajos, Zunis, Hopis and the Rio Grande Pueblos are all producers of these belts, with the Navajo producing the largest quantity.