VINTAGE Native American Navajo Sterling Silver Sodalite Concho Belt - Signed E&C Fierro
This Vintage E&C Fierro Native American Style Southwest Sterling Silver Sodalite Concho Belt could be an excellent addition to your wardrobe! Used more for style than for the purpose of keeping ones pants stationary on the hips, these belts are quintessential of the Southwest Style. It has Ten (10) sodalite conches (including buckle), each measuring 2 3/4", with the belt buckle also measuring 2 3/4" increasing this belt's versatility and value. Each conch features a hand tooled pattern. This pattern is enclosed by a scalloped edge.
The word concho comes from the Spanish "concha" which actually means "conch" or "seashell" but has come to mean round or oval disks (occasionally rectangles) of silver used to decorate saddles, bridles, clothing, used as jewelry such as for pendants and bolo ties and for adorning or making belts. Concho belts are a long-time Navajo tradition yet it has been suggested that the Navajo borrowed conchos from Mexican tack items or from the Plains Indians. The earliest conchos were silver dollars that were hammered, then stamped and edged, then slotted and strung together on a piece of leather. Later in the evolution of concho belts, copper loops were added to the back of the conchos so that the conchos could be slipped onto a leather belt.
Dating back to ancient civilizations, the Sodalite crystal meaning is linked to the ethereal energy that promotes the highest form of self-expression. Sculptors, painters, and artists were known to carry Sodalite for inspiration. The Sodalite crystal stone meaning has a long held association with the color of the heavens. During the Renaissance, this particular shade of blue was considered a sacred color (sacre bleu) and was often used to color the robes of Mother Mary and the Archangel Michael, a warrior-archangel with a flaming sword.
Designer: E&C Fierro
Material: Sterling Silver, Sodalite
Belt Length: 47" (adjustable)
Conch Length & Width: Conch & Buckle 2 3/4"
Total Gram Weight: 663.7g
Condition: Very nice pre-owned condition.