Vintage Turquoise Concho Belt
Oxidized Sterling Silver and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Vintage Concho Belt By Artist Johnny Mike Begay. This belt features 10 sterling silver conchos with sterling silver bezel set Sleeping Beauty Turquoise cabochons in the center of each concho. Each concho measures 2 1/2 inches x 2 inches and the total length is 39 inches.
Johnny Mike Begay
Johnny Mike Begay lived in Houck, Arizona. He received several awards at the 1976 Santa Fe Indian Market, apparently the last year of his life. His work was included in “Jewels of the Southwest” at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe in 2002.
Vintage Native American Jewelry
Vintage Native American jewelry typically features traditional styles, a dark silver patina and often, rare types of turquoise from mines which are now depleted. Our vintage jewelry usually ranges from the 1930s to 1970s and the artists are often unknown because prior to the 1960s, artists rarely signed their jewelry. Most of our vintage jewelry is acquired from private collections and we feel honored to pass on these treasured pieces to new owners. We recommend leaving the patina on old jewelry, as polishing can diminish the value. When you collect vintage jewelry, you own a small piece of history.