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Texas Uniques, an online company specializing in quality products featuring Western, Southwest, Cowboy and Cowgirl, Texas, Star, and Western Lifestyle items, is recognized for not only their quality products but their emphasis and dedication to providing its customers with fair prices and excellent service. We stand behind all of our products and work diligently to insure prompt delivery and service.

Our concho product line is a favorite among our valued customers who are looking for conchos to enhance their décor or attire. The word “Concho” come from the Spanish word “Concha” which actually means “conch” or “seashell,” but has come to mean round or oval disks (occasionally rectangles) of silver used to decorate saddles, bridles, and clothing.  They can also be used as jewelry in the forms of pendants and bolo ties.  Another popular use of conchos is to incorporate them into Western belts.

Originally conchos were metal disks (sometimes made from old coins), traditionally with two slits to allow saddle strings to pass through and secure the saddle’s skirts to the saddle tree.  In this configuration, the concho was usually combined with a slightly larger leather rosette (also with two slits) that was put behind the concho to make the attachment snug. At some point, it seems, someone decided that they didn’t want the slots and a “u” shaped wire was soldered to the back of the decorative disc. The user could punch a small hole in their leather, insert the two free ends of the wire and bend them outwardly to hold the concho in place.

Early Texas Rangers had their badges made from Mexican pesos and were actually fashioned by the Rangers themselves. First worn in the 1880s, the Rangers made a 5 point star in the center of metal to symbolize their service and authority. The history of Texas always seems to incorporate the star emblem, and similar concho styles followed the Rangers’ use of the popular symbol.

As popularity of the concho increased, loops were welded on the backs so they could be slid on straps for bridles and belts, and at some point designers figured out soldering a nut or threaded tube on the back of the concho allowed for them to be attached with a screw. As the process grew, stamping or casting became options for mass production of the conchos.

As a result, you now see the solid or screw back style conchos, used mainly for decoration, much more than you see the slotted concho used to decorate saddles. Most often conchos are silver in color, made from sterling silver, or, more commonly today, made of nickel, chrome or silver plate over copper, steel, zinc, cast metal or other metal alloys. Conchos are traditionally very decorative with engraved designs. You can find conchos in a wide variety of shapes and designs. Texas Uniques offers conchos for belts, handbags, saddles, bridles, breast collars, holsters, pillows, furniture, leather craft and other leather items. Our selection includes berry conchos, motorcycle conchos, biker conchos, Christian conchos, fraternal symbol conchos, coin conchos, rope edge conchos, bullet and shell conchos, Texas conchos and wildlife conchos. Customers browsing our website will, no doubt, find what they’re looking for with the wide selection and style we offer at Texas Uniques.  Whether you’re wanting to emphasize your love of Texas, the Southwest, Cowboy and Cowgirl interest, or the Western lifestyle in general, you will be satisfied with our wide selection and quality.  We stand behind our product and our goal is to always satisfy our customers with our superior service and satisfaction.

Texas Uniques now offers a new option: rivet back conchos. When purchasing this type of conchos, the customer needs to be aware of these facts: There are a couple of different rivet back concho designs, and one is far superior to the other. The least expensive and easiest to produce is a single cast piece with a solid tube on the back. While these are typically the least expensive, they tend to have a high failure rate without special equipment for attaching. Rivet back conchos that use a hollow rivet are a two piece construction and usually have a slightly higher cost, but rarely fail when attaching and need a couple of simple tools to attach.

Among the varied concho products offered by our company, the concho selection is both varied and unique. For example, the Wildlife Bear Concho and the Wildlife Elk Concho are distinctive selections for the lover of Americana and animals. With dimensions of 3/8 inches, the 3-D antique plated finish piece has a screw back. Sensibly priced at $5.45 these conchos are both durable and pleasing to the eye. Another popular item in this line is the Round Rope Edge Feather Concho for those who wish to sport a touch of the Southwest. Made of antique copper plating, this 1 ½ inch screwback concho is only $5.54. The Barrel Racer Concho, a popular item for true fans of the sport, is sterling plated with antique finish featuring a screw back fastener and sells for $3.72. Motorcycle enthusiasts will enjoy the Biker Skull Cross Bones Concho priced to sell for $3.63. Those customers interested in showing support for our law enforcement officers will enjoy our Back the Blue Protect and Serve Concho. The hand rubbed antique nickel finish with baked enamel colors has a screw back and sells for $6.35.

Texas based retailer, texasuniques.com is a distributor of high designer quality conchos. Our reasonable prices range from $0.50 to $30.00 and are based on a single piece, with an option to be accepted into our wholesale program. Our customers can confident that our products come from certified suppliers in China and Taiwan, and we sell nothing but products which are safe and of good quality. Our quality selection of conchos is always changing with new additions to our inventory to allow new choices. Texas Uniques also offers customer service with a Texas smile that is only found in the Republic of Texas. Good customer service means helping customers efficiently in a friendly manner. It’s essential to be able to handle issues for customers to their utmost satisfaction, and Texas Uniques is dedicated to their customers.