Delwin Gasper Zuni Multi-Gemstone Sunface Inaly Concho Belt

Item No: 9012

$ 2,600.00

  • This beautiful Zuni sterling silver and multi-gemstone inlay concho belt is the creation of Delvon Gasper. The 12 meticulously crafted sun face inlay conchos and matching buckle feature jet, mother of pearl, turquoise, and coral.

    The conchos adorn a black leather belt 50” long, which can be adjusted to suit you. 

    • Concho belt handcrafted by Delvon Gasper (Zuni Pueblo)
    • Sterling silver
    • Blue turquoise, red coral, black jet, white mother of pearl
    • Inlay
    • Buckle and each concho measures 1 ¾” long x 1 ¾” wide and fits a 1” belt
    • Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity

    Handcrafted works of Native American art require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.

  • Delvon Gasper has been working with jewelry for over 25 years, and has become very skilled in inlay jewelry. Delvon specializes in bolo ties, earrings, and bracelets. He will create concho belts very rarely, as the process takes several months to complete.

    Native American artists have been unmatched in their ability to arrange gemstones in sterling silver. From cluster work to channel inlay, these artists have pioneered distinctive styles that showcase their lapidary and silversmithing excellence.

  • An icon of Native American jewelry, the concho belt was developed from Plains Indians' hair ornaments and Spanish bridle decorations, and became a distinctly Navajo form of jewelry. The concho is one of the most widely recognized shapes in Native American jewelry, featuring a silver oval or circle that is stamped with a central radiating design. A concho belt features a number of these silver ornaments along a leather belt, or linked by rings.

    The first concho belts were made by Navajo silversmiths in the 1870s–1880s. In these early pieces, artisans punched a diamond-shaped opening in each concho, and passed the leather belt through this opening. When Navajo silversmiths learned soldering, they were able to attach a loop to the back of a closed concho and thread the belt through these loops, forming the classic concho belt style that we are familiar with today.

    More than a century after its creation, the concho belt remains one of the most celebrated forms of Native American art, showcasing the artistry and expertise of Native Southwestern silversmiths. The traditional style of wearing concho belts is over layered clothing, often gathering a long blouse or dress. The belt usually falls over the hips, though the wearer can determine exactly where the belt sits most comfortably.

  • An icon of Native American jewelry, the concho belt was developed from Plains Indians' hair ornaments and Spanish bridle decorations, and became a distinctly Navajo form of jewelry. The concha is one of the most widely recognized shapes in Native American jewelry, featuring a silver oval or circle that is stamped with a central radiating design. A concho belt features a number of these silver ornaments along a belt.

    The first concho belts were made by Navajo silversmiths in the 1870s–1880s. In these early pieces, artisans punched a diamond-shaped opening in each concha and passed the leather belt through this opening. When Navajo silversmiths learned soldering, they were able to attach a loop to the back of a closed concha and thread the belt through these loops, forming the classic concho belt style that we are familiar with today.

    More than a century after its creation, the concho belt remains one of the most celebrated forms of Native American art, showcasing the artistry and expertise of Native Southwestern silversmiths. The traditional style of wearing concho belts is over layered clothing, often gathering a long blouse or dress. The belt usually falls over the hips, though the wearer can determine exactly where the belt sits most comfortably.

    Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
  • At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, and to provide a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes, and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft.

    Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.

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