LANDER BLUE Turquoise, One-of-a-Kind, Unique Sterling Silver Concho Belt -Navajo

LANDER BLUE Turquoise, One-of-a-Kind, Unique Sterling Silver Concho Belt -Navajo


Maker: Hallmarked T. Jim, mark of Thomas Jim (Navajo), a multiple award winning artist.

Age: Circa 1980.

SIZE:  Conchos and buckle measure 1 3/4" wide x 1 1/2" tall. Belt is 37" long overall.  Weight is 262.6 g.

Additional Info: Great looking concho belt with 98 authentic Lander Blue Turquoise cabochons! This concho belt came from the Yoder collection. Barbara Yoder was a well-known and respected dealer of Native arts and jewelry. Her and her husband (the former Jerry Egeland) were original investors in the Lander Blue claim in the early 1970s. They took their payback in the form of turquoise, and as such, amassed one of the largest private collections of Landers. Some of their Lander collection was featured in the book, Turquoise, The Gem of the Centuries, by Oscar T. Branson, published in 1975. The Yoder (Egeland) turquoise was featured on P. 26. During the 1970s and 80s, they had several Native metal-smiths set some of the stones in jewelry. This concho belt is one of those pieces. As additional proof, Bob Brucia of Nevada Gem, and owner of the Landers claim, has also certified the stone as being an authentic piece of Lander Blue Turquoise. The concho belt is marked as sterling silver.

Condition: Good, this is New, Old Stock (NOS).

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