Native American Navajo Sterling Silver Horse Storyteller Concho Belt
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Paula says -
"This is an amazing piece of wearable art. Each detailed sterling silver panel tells a different story of a horse's life.
"The 14 conchos are now set 1" apart . The total length is 56 inches long from end to end: it is 42 inches from the tip of the buckle to the end of last concho; there is 14 inches of leather belt at the end. The conchos can be moved closer together to make a smaller belt or farther apart to make a larger belt. This belt will fit anyone!"
What is Overlay?
Overlay pieces are made of two layers. The bottom layer is a solid sterling silver piece. The top layer has a cutout design. The cutout is placed over the bottom layer and the two pieces are "sweated" together, that is heated so that they become one.
The bottom layer (background to the cutout) is usually accented. The Navajo silversmiths oxidize the bottom layer which darkens it. Hopi silversmiths oxidize and etch the background (texturize it) with hashmarks.