There is perhaps no art form more synonymous with Southwest Native American jewelry than the Squash Blossom Necklace. The history of this iconic necklace is a fascinating tale of the fusion of cultures and an enduring fashion statement across generations.
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Early belt buckles were purely functional, used as a way to attach conchas by connecting the belt leather's end pieces.
The earliest concha belts did not have buckles and were attached by tying the leather ends together. The first buckles were silver copies of harness buckles and were much smaller than the conchas. They were small circular loops with a center crossbar that held a tongue. They were inconspicuous next to the larger conchas.