Sterling Silver, real Turquoise, Coral, Jet, Red Oyster Shell, Brown Shell, along with White and Yellow Mother of Pearl.
Each concho piece measures approximately 1-5/8" long and 3" wide. Total belt length measures approximately 47" long and 1-1/4" wide. The belt weighs 353 grams.
This belt is a beautiful piece of wearable art! This piece of Native American jewelry is Navajo hand crafted by artist Jane Becenti, out of genuine sterling and real multicolor inlay. The inlay consists of: Turquoise, Coral, Jet, Red Oyster Shell, Brown Shell, along with White and Yellow Mother of Pearl. The belt features TEN concho pieces with inlay that is gently set, while creating beautiful Kachina Figure, Hummingbird and Thunderbird designs. Stamped patterns can be seen completing the belt perfectly. Hummingbirds are mainly known to be defenders of their territory. Many times stronger than their small size would indicate. The concho buckles are stamped sterling and hallmarked.
Turquoise is the birthstone of December. It is believed that turquoise tends to bring good fortune, strength and helps overcome illness. Turquoise got its name from the Levantine traders called Turks who brought the stone to Europe from Persia via Turkey centuries ago. Native Americans have prized turquoise since the time of the Aztecs, who mined it in New Mexico. The natural variations that occur in turquoise are part of their appeal and beauty.
Corals are known to be very soothing and very protective. Coral is of an organic origin, it is the skeletal remains of marine animals called Coral Polyps. Colonies of these tiny creatures build branching structures as they grow, gradually forming reefs and atolls.