It is 1.2 wide. It may be modified to accommodate a smaller or larger waist (30"-45") by adding an additional hole, or even smaller by removing a concha. 539.1 grams = 19.02 Troy ounces Total Weight.443.9 grams = 14.17 Troy ounces Metal Weght. Navajo Calvin Martinez Ingot Sterling Silver Belt Buckle. This is an amazing EXTRA LARGE 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 also marked "Sterling". You will notice the subtle color of this masterpiece compared to the shiny character of Sterling Silver buckles that are made from prefabricated sheets of jewelers Sterling.
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 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 Large and Heavy! It is in very good 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 color that is very soft and charming. The New Black Leather Belt is. It was custom made by Toyo at Dark Star Leather here in Tucson. Having a custom belt made for a Concho set like this is a bit of an expense and a chore. Rest assured, that has been done and 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 39"-42"... 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.
"AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY II: M-Z" - Gregory Schaaf- page 25. "HALLMARKS OF THE SOUTHWEST"- Barton Wright - page 232.
"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 "XL CALVIN MARTINEZ Navajo INGOT Hand Wrought CONCHO BELT buckle Sterling Silver" is in sale since Thursday, March 22, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Other Native American Jewelry"." and is located in Tucson, Arizona. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Colombia, Guadeloupe, Luxembourg, Uruguay, Taiwan, South africa.