Concho Concha Belts by Navajo artist Roger Skeet

Hello there =) 

My husband was born and raised in the Santa Barbara area and was raised by a woman by the name of Ms. C W in Santa Barbara. He was handed down some turquoise belts that we were told by his parents were hand-crafted by Roger Skeet (not sure Jr or Sr.) Ms W died in 1993 or thereabouts so it’s possible that it was Sr. We are being told that some of the items in her collection are one of a kind pieces of art created specifically for Ms. W, and they are now in our possession, as we have inherited a large portion of her art collection. I’m not entirely sure what to do with it or if any of it’s really even worth anything at all??? We’re not really looking to get rid of it as much as to find out the “story” behind the pieces and how much, if anything, they’re worth.

Again! Thank you for your help!  Nick & Sarah

Hi Nick and Sarah,

First of all, be sure to read my article About Concho Belts also known as Concha Belts.

Roger Skeet was a Navajo silversmith for Tobe Turpen and Tanners and made concho belts during the 1970s.  His hallmark is RS in Gothic Print just like I typed it.

As far as finding out the “story” behind it, well I think you already know it !!

In terms of value, if it has the hallmark and tests sterling silver and the stones are tights and not damaged, it would be worth more than if there is no hallmark, if it is coin silver or lower and if there is damage.

When we purchase used Native American jewelry we do a thorough examination. You can read about the process here in my article “Do We Buy Native American Jewelry?”

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