It may be modified to accommodate a smaller or larger waist (30"-48") by adding an additional hole, or even smaller by removing a concha. 503.6 grams = 16.19 Troy ounces Total Weight.Navajo Calvin Martinez Ingot Sterling Silver Belt Buckle. This sublime Sterling Silver Ingot Silver Concho Belt was created by noted Navajo silversmith Calvin Martinez in the traditional style. It is signed with the C.
MTZ hallmark within an arrowhead (see pictures) on the back of the buckle. It is not marked "Sterling", but it is guaranteed to be Sterling Silver. Calvin processes his own silver from "Ingots".According to Barton Wright in "Hallmarks of the Southwest" (page 232), Calvin was born in 1960 and has been active since the the 1980's. He has been awarded many top awards. Your research may reveal that Calvin Martinez Ingot Silver jewelry is somewhat limited in supply in the marketplace. The process of making Ingot Hand Wrought Silver Jewelry is time consuming, requires a lot of physical strength, and a high level of skill.
I do some trading in Navajo rugs and compare this to the difference between a traditional weaving made of natural wool that which is dyed and processed by hand using natural dyes. More contemporary Navajo rugs are woven from store bought wool.It is not the same in process, quality, or value! In terms of size, this Concho Belt is Heavy! It is in Excellent condition.
Because of the beauty of hand rolled and wrought Ingot Silver, it has the feel and look of an antique phase one or phase two coin silver concho belt. It has a natural and subtle look that is very soft and charming. Please use the magification function to view the magnificent Turquoise. The one dozen Gem Stones appear to be natural and have lots of character.
I see a resemblance to Birdseye Kingman and there is also some Silver colored Pyrite to be found as you would typically see in Morenci Mine stones. In any event, Martinez chose some stones that are worthy of his fine Conchos to make this set. My jeweler is from a family of jewelers and his dad worked for Frank Patania. Mark was very impressed with this one!
The Tan Leather Belt is. If it fits you right away, great... If not, all you need to do to make fit, feel, and look perfect on you is to take it to your local leather or shoe repair shop and have them punch the adjustment holes in it if you are not now a waist sized 40"-43"...Please, take a good look at the pictures and magnified photographs to see if it is the one for you. If so, I'd love to trade with you today! If you have an interest, there are YouTube videos that demonstrate the various steps in working with and creating Ingot Silver Jewelry. There are several videos available for you to see if you search the YouTube sidebar. They are not of Calvin Martinez, but will give you an overview of what is involved in making Ingot Jewelry. But you can find it through Google... As the Navajo say, Walk in beauty! I will pack this carefully for you so that the conchos do not rub up against each other in transit and it will get to you in the same condition that you see in the pictures. I thank You and look forward to sharing a good experience! Reference Books - This artist is referenced if there is a page # shown below. "AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY I" - Gregory Schaaf - page 232. "AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY II: M-Z" - Gregory Schaaf- page 25.
"HALLMARKS OF THE SOUTHWEST"- Barton Wright - page. "THE LITTLE BOOK OF SOUTHWESTERN SILVER" - Billie Hougart - page 225. "ZUNI JEWELRY" - Theda and Michael Bassman ZUNI THE ART AND THE.
PEOPLE VOLUMES 1-3 - Barbara & Ed Bell- Volume. "INDIAN SILVERWORK OF THE SOUTHWEST, ILLUSTRATED - VOLUME 1" - pages 72-94.
The item "16ozt CALVIN MARTINEZ Navajo INGOT CONCHO BELT 12 GEM TURQUOISE Sterling Silver" is in sale since Friday, November 13, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Other Native American Jewelry".
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