Diné Magnificent Stamped Silver Concho Belt with Turquoise Inserts

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Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Belts and Buckles
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: silver, turquoise, leather, copper
  • Size: 35” long belt;
    waist size from 27-½” to 32-½”
  • Item # C4450
  • Price: $3200

This Diné-made silver concho belt consists of 10 silver and turquoise conchos and a similar, but larger, buckle.  Each concho measures 2” diameter, and the buckle measures 2-⅜” diameter.  Incredibly, each small turquoise was carved with a slight curved arrangement and rounded at the top, and inserted in a raised silver channel designed to elevate the circle of turquoise above the level of the silver concho discs.  A single turquoise gemstone was placed at the center of each concho and the buckle.  Each concho has a copper strip attached to the back through which the leather belt is threaded.

The Navajo Nation origin belt was originally purchased in the mid-twentieth century by the mother of the current owner.  The belt is provided with a black fabric sleeve into which the concho belt can be inserted for storage.


Condition: excellent condition with possibly one repair on the concho adjacent to the buckle.  It may be that the bezel holding the center stone has been repaired.

Provenance: this Diné Magnificent Stamped Silver Concho Belt with Turquoise Inserts is from the collection of a resident of Texas who inherited it from her mother.

Recommended Reading: NAVAJO SILVER A Brief History of Navajo Silversmithing by Arthur Woodward

Relative Links: Southwest Indian JewelryBelts and BucklesDiné of the Navajo Nation

Alternate view showing a close up of 3 conchos including the larger buckle


Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Belts and Buckles
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: silver, turquoise, leather, copper
  • Size: 35” long belt;
    waist size from 27-½” to 32-½”
  • Item # C4450
  • Price: $3200

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