Mirimal Gems - Concho


Vintage Navajo Sterling Silver Pendant with two pieces of beautiful Meditteranean Coral and Coral beads.

Pendant is circa 1980s.

The Navajo tribe learned the art of metalworking from the Mexicans and as the trade increased with Europeans in the Plains Territory, the Navajo began to make Conchos out of silver coins they had with them. They are thought to be the first Native Americans to make silver jewelry in the area. Given the tools at the time, these Conchos were truly impressive. The intricate and unique geometric and floral designs represented an astonishing amount of hard work and patience to finish. 

Materials: coral, sterling silver, silver closure