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Navajo Sleeping Beauty turquoise concho belt with leather-backed Sterling conchos by Matthew Charley.


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The Drifter doesn't often buy concho belts unless he finds one that is really special.  This one is.  It has everything, including great silversmithing and good gauge sterling silver conchos that are backed with thick leather (so the conchos don't dig into your back when you sit); nice stones and a substantial, thick leather belt.  This one is made by a young Navajo man who attends University in Albuquerque most of the year and does this kind of art to pay his way.  Though only in his twenties, Matthew Charley is already a sought-after craftsman with a well-established reputation.  This beauty weighs two pounds and will fit up to a 40-inch waist (the conchos slide so that you can adjust it from a thin waist to the 40-inch size).  The conchos are two inches round (about 2.25-inches with the nice leather backs).  The leather belt does not have holes punched yet so that the buyer can custom-make the size of the belt to suit.  This is a quality concho belt by a great burgeoning native artist—not a tourist trinket.