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Manuel Hoyungwa, Hopi
Vintage Sterling Silver Overlay Link Concho Belt
HK Item #CB106

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Authentic Native American vintage Sterling Silver overlay Link Concho Belt by Hopi silversmith Manuel Hoyungwa

size
33" long;
buckle and 15 conchos 1 1/2" diameter
materials
sterling silver, Read about silver
weight
262 grams
hallmarks
stamped with "Strong Rain" symbol
artist
Manuel Hoyungwa, Hopi
condition
Pre-owned, excellent; medium patina; no dents, deep scratches, or misshapen conchos or links

Authentic Native American vintage Sterling Silver overlay Link Concho Belt by Hopi silversmith Manuel Hoyungwa

dragonfly  -  mudhead kachina

Authentic Native American vintage Sterling Silver overlay Link Concho Belt by Hopi silversmith Manuel Hoyungwa

dancing kachinas  -  corn kachina

Authentic Native American vintage Sterling Silver overlay Link Concho Belt by Hopi silversmith Manuel Hoyungwa

kokopelli  -  turtle

Authentic Native American vintage Sterling Silver overlay Link Concho Belt by Hopi silversmith Manuel Hoyungwa

grasshopper  -  medicine bear

Authentic Native American vintage Sterling Silver overlay Link Concho Belt by Hopi silversmith Manuel Hoyungwa

quail  -  kokopelli

Authentic Native American vintage Sterling Silver overlay Link Concho Belt by Hopi silversmith Manuel Hoyungwa

turkey  -  spider

Authentic Native American vintage Sterling Silver overlay Link Concho Belt by Hopi silversmith Manuel Hoyungwa

lizard  -  antelope

Authentic Native American vintage Sterling Silver overlay Link Concho Belt by Hopi silversmith Manuel Hoyungwa

thunderbird  -  frog

Manuel Hoyungwa, Hopi
Sterling Silver Overlay
Vintage Link Concho
Belt

CB106 - $2,250 plus s/h
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

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Paula says - "Excellent workmanship on this vintage sterling silver overlay concho belt. Each disc is a piece of art in itself! Very collectible."

Authentic Native American vintage Sterling Silver overlay Link Concho Belt by Hopi silversmith Manuel Hoyungwa

Authentic Native American vintage Sterling Silver overlay Link Concho Belt by Hopi silversmith Manuel Hoyungwa

The Strong Rain symbol is the mark of Manuel Hoyungwa of Hotevilla, Arizona.

About Native American authenticity.

Authentic Native American vintage Sterling Silver overlay Link Concho Belt by Hopi silversmith Manuel Hoyungwa

Buckle and 15 conchos 1 1/2" diameter

Authentic Native American vintage Sterling Silver overlay Link Concho Belt by Hopi silversmith Manuel Hoyungwa

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

the Strong Rain symbol is the mark of Manuel Hoyungwa of Hotevilla, Arizona worked with his maternal uncle, Preston Monongye and studied at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, N.M. He has been producing jewelry since 1975. He marks his work with the "Strong Rain" symbol. (Sometimes his name is incorrectly spelled Hoyungowa.)

 

Read about concho belts:

Concho Belts Part I

Concho Belts Part II:
The Art and Science of Wearing a Concho Belt

 

We leave the natural patina on our jewelry because many of our customers like the old "" appearance.

Want your jewelry to look like new? Read my blog 'To Polish or Not to Polish'.

Questions or more details.

About Silver

100% solid silver won't tarnish but it is too soft to use for making jewelry - it could easily be scratched, dented and bent. Sterling silver has a small amount of one or more other metals usually copper, added to the silver. To be called sterling silver, the alloy must contain at least 92.5% pure silver. Sterling silver alloy is harder than pure silver but the added metals also can cause discoloration or tarnish.

Read more about silver.

What is Overlay?

Native American overlay pieces are made of two layers of sterling silver. The bottom layer is a solid piece while the top layer has a cutout design. The cutout layer is placed over the bottom layer and the two pieces are "sweated" together, heated so that they become one solid piece of sterling silver. The bottom layer, or background, that shows through the cut out portion of the top layer is often darkened for contrast.

Hopi silversmiths typically texture the background layer with hash marks while Navajo artists often leave the background smooth. Hopi artists tend to use geometric designs and symbols similar to those used in their pottery and baskets. Navajo silversmiths tend to create scenes depicting everyday life using people, animals, buildings and landscapes to tell a story - this style is called "overlay storyteller jewelry". Read more about overlay here.

NOTE: Items in our Shop are either USED or NEW. They might come from inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. Many items are brand new (NOS, New Old Stock) and in perfect condition while others may show tarnish, scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail and shown in photos. Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.
Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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Patina
A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Vintage
30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.

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