This gorgeous concho belt features bright, blue turquoise stones set into sterling silver. The simple, southwestern design is etched into the silver and accents the turquoise well. The concho (shell) design has been very popular with the Navajo, who used conchos to adorn their hair, horses, belts, and jewelry. Such a beautiful, adjustable belt is excellent for all occasions!
The word turquoise comes from the 17th-century French word “turquois,” meaning Turkish, which is the major exporter of turquoise to Europe. Turquoise was first mined over 5000 years ago in the Sinai Peninsula and adorned ancient Egyptian jewelry and clothing. Ancient Persians have been mining turquoise for 2000 years and used it to cap their palace domes to symbolize heaven on Earth. Pre-Columbian Native Americans mined turquoise from Central Mexico to the southwestern US. To learn more, read our blog post here:
The belt is in very good vintage condition with minimal signs of wear. The silver surface has fine lines and marks, typical of vintage pieces, but nothing noticeable. The turquoise stones are not chipped or cracked and are natural stones. The silver has varying patina levels, some dark areas in the recessed design, and the backside, which has not been polished. The belt can be polished upon request. The belt’s back is stamped AJ and STERLING SILVER and is most likely from a Navajo artist. The hook clasp is fully functional and secures to the belt’s rings.
The belt is 42″ in length and 1″ wide.
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