Hopi Pueblo Overlay Style Concha - Concho Belt by Diné Silversmith

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Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Belts and Buckles
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Sterling Silver
  • Size:
    Waist 26- 30 inch;
    Conchas 1-¼ x 2 inch;
    Buckle: 1-⅛ x 2-½ inch
  • Item # C4074S
  • Price: $995.00

Six pairs of rotationally symmetrical conchas comprise this Hopi overlay style belt made by a Diné silversmith of the Navajo Nation. The unknown artist fashioned each concha with geometric patterns in the center resembling a maze and a stepped terrace. Framing the center design are two bands, one scalloped, and a shorter plain one. When paired together, each intricately decorated set resembles a butterfly. The silver buckle is rectangularly shaped with similar motifs.

The conchas are all securely fastened to a ⅞” black leather belt. The contrast between the black belt and the silver conchas with a black oxidized background is stunning. It is both feminine and bold at the same time. The Diné-made silver concho belt is unsigned and dates from the last quarter of the 20th Century.


Condition: The Hopi Pueblo Overlay Style Concha - Concho Belt by Diné Silversmith is in very good condition. The leather is smooth, the conchas show slight signs of wear.

Provenance: from a gentleman collector in Colorado

Recommended Reading: Southwest Silver Jewelry by Paula Baker

Relative Links: Hopi PueblobuckleDiné of the Navajo NationConcha - Concho Belt

Close up view of the designs in this belt.

Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Belts and Buckles
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Sterling Silver
  • Size:
    Waist 26- 30 inch;
    Conchas 1-¼ x 2 inch;
    Buckle: 1-⅛ x 2-½ inch
  • Item # C4074S
  • Price: $995.00

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