Large link concho belt made from coin silver. Handcrafted by a unknown Navajo artist. It features 9 oval conchos that measure 2" 1/4 x 2". The large buckle hooks into the links from underneath making it look seamless. It measures 2" 1/2 x 1" 3/4. Due to the weight of the coins being rolled out to create the conchos and buckle, this belt has a heavy weight to it. The total length of the belt is 30". NAVAJO HANDCRAFTED CONCHO BELT ** Concho Belts** The word concho, sometimes spelled concha, comes from the Spanish word meaning shell. Some of the first "conchos" were made of melted silver dollars and resembled a shell—it is commonly thought this is how the name came about. In Spanish, the correct word is concha, with an a at the end and is pronounced like an ah sound. However, most people now-a-days refer to the Native American style belt as a concho belt, with an o. Although it is commonly said the Navajo (Dine’) borrowed the idea from Spaniards, the Concho Belt has become a long-standing Native tradition. Concho Belts reportedly began appearing in Navajo country in the late 1860s or early 1870s. Other Native Americans including the Zuni and Hopi also made traditional Concho Belts before long.