Belts that are used as a statement accessory or for purely practical purposes have lost their original must-have character nowadays. The strict lockdowns and work-from-home orders certainly didn’t help make the belt profile a wardrobe necessity – walking around your home office in sweatpants. Today we travel back centuries to trace the origins of the belts and arouse your curiosity.
Belt knots meant cherished vows
The very first type of belt was just a string tied around the waist to keep clothes from pulling. a logical and necessary tool. In the Neolithic Age, these tools developed into hip scarves, which at that time already had a political and social position that indicated the respective design.
In the Middle Ages, monks tied their burlap together with a cord, which later became almost symbolic. Catholic priests wore similar cords which, in addition to the practical purpose of holding up their long robes, had a divine meaning. They displayed three characteristic knots that signify their vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience.
Belt as a synopsis of your background and skills
Aside from symbolic uses of the belt, it also had practical secular purposes. Craftsmen and workers alike put belts around their waists that carried their tools and other useful items. One look at the person’s belt would have told you whether the person was a woodworker or a shoemaker.
The soldiers’ waistbands also served similar purposes, with the aim of wrapping daggers, swords and later weapons. Even sacks of groceries could be attached to these and offered a quick reference point. These handy belts were also used to mark rank within the army.
At the same time, elegant, jeweled belts signified an affluent background of the wearer and reflected their tastes. Some of these were real wearable works of art and passed down from one generation to the next. Today we call this sustainable and really environmentally friendly.
The most expensive belt in the world
The $ 550,000 Roland Iten caliber R822 “Predator” is a mechanical belt buckle that is considered the most expensive belt in the world. The statement accessory offers the following functions:
- quick and easy changing of the leather strap;
- effortless engagement of the buckle with the leather strap;
- One-hand operation of the buckle for tightening / loosening the leather strap.
The “Predator” was designed, manufactured and assembled to ensure that all mechanisms are self-cleaning without the need for lubrication.
The white gold body of the belt with red gold accents is completely set with diamonds – a total of 14.15 carats. The platform is made of high-tech titanium.
Exquisite belt today
Since the Renaissance, belts have become more common and practical, with more variety and “taste”. Today belts are valued for their design, workmanship, uniqueness and value – all in line with fashion trends. Vintage and antique belts are growing in popularity as most of these belts are really beautifully designed and have a durability that is not easy to find in the age of mass production. Most of these accessories are handmade and designed by people for people. Each piece is unique and has a fascinating story or two to tell.
DSF Antique Jewelry offers a variety of such belts, each of which is a real treasure.
This Chanel Gripoix belt is made of elaborate gold-colored metal and is decorated with a Byzantine flower buckle, which is decorated with Gripoix glass. Each stone is made using special techniques and each link is carefully crafted.
This Hermes Touareg Silver Alligator Belt has an alligator leather strap and a large silver D-shaped buckle. Each buckle is hand carved and each design is unique to the belt, which makes them highly sought after.