SilverTQ, LLC has specialized in selling Native American sterling silver handcrafted jewelry since 1978. We personally handpick all of our jewelry and crafts to assure that every piece passes our vigorous inspection, no matter if it is a smaller earring, up to the largest necklaces, concho belts and statement pieces.
Our Men’s Shop classification is not designed to be exclusive, as much of Native American jewelry is unisex, worn by men and women. However, we have categorized our jewelry items to help distinguish them and make searching on our website easier. Here, we will be discussing authentic Native American handcrafted buckles, bolos, rings, bracelets, money clips, keychains, and concho belts. These items tend to be more commonly associated with men’s wear being either made exclusively of solid sterling silver or those being sterling silver set with stones. The stones might be cabochon style, or one of the few different styles of inlay. Stone on stone inlay is characterized by stones set tightly next to each other. Channel inlay is characterized by thin slivers of sterling silver separating the stones. Cobblestone inlay generally has the stones set tightly next to each other but does not have a smooth top as the stones are of varying heights. All styles of inlay are completely hand fitted by the artist.
Buckles are made to be used with full-sized or dress belts, the difference being the width of the belt. The narrower dress belts use a generally narrower and smaller buckle to match the width of the belt so it will look balanced. Standard size buckles will fit wider belts. Some buckles will have differing sized widths and lengths of the buckle face but the connectors for the belt will be similar. The belt connector will be mostly identified as a “finding” being the only component not completely Native American Indian handcrafted. There are some instances where the connector is handmade, but these are the exception rather than the rule, and do not have a swivel built in like the finding does. Buckles might be all silver with stamping, repousse’ and saw work, bezel work with cabochon stonework or one of the varieties of inlay work. (See the Classification paragraph above for descriptions)
Bolos are made of silver bases that slide up and down on a hand-braided leather cord also created by the Native American Indian artist. The base might be all silver with stamping and repousse’, saw work or file work, or sandcast technique, and might have cabochon stone setting, or differing styles of inlay, as described in the Classification paragraph above. The back of the bolo generally has a slide connector soldered to the back of the base. This is a “finding”, a commercial component that tightens against the cord when down, and releases the cord when opened up to allow the bolo body to slide up and down on the cord. The artist sometimes elects to hand craft the cord connector with two silver loops that are flattened up and down to squeeze against the cord and to hold the bolo body in place. The ends of the bolo cord will be finished with sterling silver cord tips, sometimes hand crafted but also allowable to be a ‘finding’ category. Bolos are also worn by women.
Rings are popular jewelry items worn by men and women. We at SilverTQ, LLC loosely classify rings of size 10 and above as being those more likely suited for men and those under size 10 as being more suited for women. However, this should be deemed no more than a very casual classification. Some men wear sizes smaller than 10 and, conversely, some women have ring sizes at 10 or above. Which finger is chosen to wear the ring also plays a role in the size needed. Wider bands on the rings will dictate that a slightly larger size will be needed as opposed to a narrow band. The wider band will rest on more of the width of the finger. Rings are made in many different styles from solid silver to cabochons to the various styles of inlay mentioned in the Classification paragraph sited above. The ring you choose should be one that “speaks” to you.
Money clips are designed to hold credit cards or paper money, generally folded in half, for those that prefer to not use wallets. The body of the money clip is not sterling silver as it is too soft a metal to grip and hold the money and/or cards. The metal used is generally 20-gauge nickel silver (sometimes called German Silver but is not silver) that mimics the look of sterling but will maintain the “spring” needed to hold the money or cards. All of the work on top of this will be sterling silver. If there is a solid silver top with stamping, the whole top of the clip will be overlaid with sterling that is worked with stamping, etc. Sometimes stones are set in bezels soldered directly to the nickel metal and extra scroll and leaf work soldered as well so you have sterling silver soldered directly onto nickel. Money clips might also be set with one of the varieties of inlay work. (See the Classification paragraph above for descriptions) This very useful item is a popular men’s gift.
Keychains are obviously designed to store keys using a product that is uniquely Native American Indian handcrafted. Keychains maybe all sterling silver with stamping and repousse’ work or stones set in a cabochon style, or one of the varieties of inlay work (see the Classification paragraph for descriptions). The base of the keychain will be a ‘finding’ made typically of nickel (sometimes called German Silver, but it has no silver content). Typically the opening (bail) will be squeezed to release so that keys might be added. The body will have sterling silver work either as bezel set cabochons or one of the varieties of inlay work. (see the Classification paragraph above for descriptions) This is a unique Native American Indian handcrafted item is commonly used by men and women.
Bracelets, a popular jewelry accessory, are commonly worn by men and women. However the men’s bracelets are typically heavier in weight and larger sized, as one might expect. The bracelets may be either solid sterling silver, sometimes with 14 KG appliqué, and stamping or repousse’ favored by many men, or they might be set with stones in bezel cabochon fashion or might have inlay work of differing styles (see the Classification paragraph above for descriptions). There is not a set definition to say male or female orientation, just what suits your fancy and the design(s) that appeal to you. The “look” and style is determined solely by the Native American Indian artist. They are created in narrow, medium and wide styles and use about every combination and look as envisioned by the artist. Let the bracelet “speak” to you and you will enjoy this unique Indian handcrafted jewelry for years to come.
Concho belts are a unique accessory that is worn equally by Indian men and women in the southwestern USA. A concho usually consists of a belt buckle and various numbers of sterling silver Conchos, usually 11 to 13 in number depending upon the size of the belt. Sometimes there is a smaller piece called a butterfly that is spaced in between each concho. These belts can be considered as heirlooms and might be passed through generations in a family. The belt might be strung on leather with the ability to slide and move the Conchos tighter or loser, and holes in the belt leather to adjust the size. This would be called a leather concho. The belt might be hooked together with silver loops connecting each concho into one longer unit. This is called a link concho and is adjustable by hooking the hook on the buckle into various links. It should be noted no leather is used for a link Concho belt. Concho belts might be all silver with stamping and repousse’. They also might be sterling silver bodies with bezels and cabochon stonework or any combination of the various inlays described in the Classification paragraph above. These belts are truly statement pieces.
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