Sterling Silver Overlay Concho Belt

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Authentic Navajo Pawn Jewelry Vintage Sterling Silver
Overlay Concho Belt
HK Item #CB34

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Navajo Sterling Silver overlay concha belt

Two copper belt loops on the back of each concho.

3/4" wide black leather belt;
49" long end to end;
13 conchas: 1 5/8' x 1"
Leather, sterling silver, Read about silver
222 grams

DB   Sterling (see photo)

(Unknown artist: could be Navajo Douglas Begay or Dean Brown, nephew of Kirk Smith.)


Navajo Sterling Silver overlay concha belt

What is Overlay?

Overlay pieces are made of two layers of sterling silver. The top layer has a cutout design. The solid bottom layer (background to the cutout) is usually accented for contrast. The Navajo silversmiths oxidize the bottom layer which darkens it. Hopi silversmiths oxidize and etch the background (texturize it) with hashmarks. The cutout top layer is placed over the bottom layer and the two pieces are "sweated" together, that is, heated so that they become one. This is a very difficult skill to master.

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Vintage Sterling Silver
Overlay Concha
Belt - CB34

$725 - SOLD

Paula says -

"This concha belt was made in the 1970s but was never used - it is brand new vintage!

"The traditional blanket design was done using the overly method. The leather belt is 49 inches long. The 13 conchas are 1 5/8" by 1" with one being the buckle. The conchos will slide on the belt to make them closer together for a smaller waist or farther apart for a larger waist."

Navajo Sterling Silver overlay concha belt

Navajo Sterling Silver overlay concha belt

Buckle is 1 5/8" x 1", same as the conchas.

White Buffalo Navajo Pawn Collection White Buffalo Collection

We recently purchased a large collection of vintage but unused Native American artifacts including jewelry, rugs and pottery. It was part of the estate of a Navajo woman who was a missionary that worked with Native Americans in Four Corners - the area of the American southwest where four states meet- New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. As a single parent, she raised 5 daughters and a son while also providing food, shelter, and clothing to less fortunate people that needed assistance. Often she was thanked for her help by gifts of Native American items.

Most of the items in this collection are from the 1970s to the 1990s. We offer these items to you with great respect and with the information we received from the family plus our research.

We named the collection after one of the pieces in the group, a hand carved Zuni fetish necklace honoring the Sacred White Buffalo.

BUFFALO MEDICINE - The appearance of White Buffalo is a sign that prayers are being heard, that the sacred pipe and Spirit are being honored. White Buffalo signals a time of abundance, prosperity and thankfulness. Buffalo was the major source of sustenance for indigenous cultures of the plains, giving meat for food, hides for shelter and clothing, and Spirit Medicine. The Medicine of Buffalo is prayer, gratitude and praise for that which has been received. Buffalo Medicine is also knowing that abundance is present when all relations are honored as sacred, and when gratitude is expressed to every living part of creation, recognizing the sacredness of every walk of life.


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