Refiner’s Fire Concho Belt by Albert Lee
This Breathtaking Belt was created by Navajo Artist Albert Lee During the Pandemic of 2020. Its exquisite Classic shape and stamping, its glowing silver does indeed mirror both literally and figuratively the AWESOME BEAUTY of Our World. When Navajos were being particularly affected by the challenges and tragedy of the pandemic, Albert Lee sought comfort in creativity. He "looked to Shiprock Mountain" as a source of Inspiration and Hope. Having only created a few belts in his lifetime, Albert poured his energy into reflecting in this belt the Beauty he felt and saw around him in spite of the great suffering he and many others were enduring. Suffering teaches us more empathy, more appreciation, more love and more joy in the world around us. Our Soul's are REFINED. This is the philosophy that embodies this Concho Belt. Just like a silversmith or a potter must make their creations pass through a terrible flame in order to reach perfection, we too have passed through the flame of the coronavirus and we have overcome. Hence this Belt is called The Refiner's Fire Belt: A belt to remind us of Survival, Purification and Love.
It is for a 37 to 41 inch waist currently but can be 1-2 inches smaller. It features 9 conchos and one buckle that weigh between 67 grams and 72 grams. The conchos are 3 inches by 3 inches. The Buckle is 4 inches by 2 1/2 inches. It is made of very heavy gauge And the leather is 1 inch thick. Featured in one of the Pictures is Albert Lee, His Mother Velma, and Janelle Ortega wearing the belt.