RESERVED for M. / Sterling Silver Black Onyx Concho Belt Skinny Black Leather by Apache Mark Jimenez

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DOWN PAYMENT (9/26/2022) = $266.33
PAYMENT 2 (10/24/2022) = $266.33
PAYMENT 3 (11/21/2022) = $266.34


This sterling silver and black onyx concho belt is by Apache/Comanche silversmith Mark Jimenez, and what I love most is the smaller size and the geometric stair-step design in the conchos--reminiscent of the "Saltillo" or "Crystal" seen on Navajo blankets--giving the belt a distinctive Southwestern look. The belt was made in the late 1980s to early 1990s, when women were wearing concho belts that were smallish, both in terms of the conchos themselves and the width of the leather belts. It was purchased brand new, and like most new belts did not have buckle holes in the leather; that way the new owner could have holes punched for a custom fit. But the belt ended up NEVER being worn. Fortunately, it was well stored, and other than a bit of tarnish on the buckle and a warm patina on the conchos, it is in excellent condition. Now this "dead stock" concho belt is ready to be worn--as soon as it is sized, and holes punched into the leather. There is a total of ten conchos, each with that zig-zag design atop which sits a baguette shaped black onyx stone. The buckle is ranger style with two sterling silver "loops," into which the tip of the belt will go. The belt itself is high-quality leather, stamped with designs similar to the pattern on the silver conchos.

The leather belt measures just under 3/4" wide, and in its current un-finished state is about 46-3/4" long. That length includes extra "tail," some of which once sized would likely be cut down. I recommend that the belt's ideal length to be between 38-40" (that is measuring belt only, not the buckle), which would require a re-cutting of the end and punching in the holes spaced out accordingly. The reason for my proposed length is that would allow for the conchos to be spaced exactly as they are. The belt buckle is 1-7/8" long by 1-5/8" tall, and the conchos are about 1-7/8" wide by 1" tall. Total weight, including belt, is 244g, which is good heft. The conchos are all held onto the belt via copper backs, which have been bent tight so they don't move around easily on the belt, although one simply need lift the backing a wee bit to loosen and re-space. The leather belt has a snap so the buckle can be taken on and off. Concho belts often are worn on the hips, although this belt in skinny enough to fit through not-too-tight pants loops.

Excellent silverwork in a versatile belt!


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