Reversible Opal/Zia Symbol Round Blue-Green Aurora Opal and Sterling
Pendant sold separately from chain.
If you are, or someone you know are from New Mexico or just Love New Mexico, this is the perfect item. New Mexico’s distinctive insignia is the Zia Sun symbol, which originated with the Indians of the Zia Pueblo in Ancient times. Four is the sacred number of Zia and the figure is composed of a circle from which four points radiate. These points made up of four straight lines of varying length personify the number most often used by the Giver of all good gifts.
To the Zia Indian, the sacred number four is embodied in the earth, with its four directions, north, south, east, west; in the year, with its four seasons, summer, fall, winter, spring; in the day, with the morning, noon, evening and night; in line, with it’s four divisions, childhood, youth, manhood, and old age. Everything is bound together in a circle of life and love, without beginning, without end. Everything is found together that in this great brotherhood of all things, man has four sacred obligations: he must develop a strong body, a clear mind, a pure spirit and a devotion to the welfare of his people.
Cultured Opals are a lab created stone. It was a project started some 20 years ago by a turquoise fanatic and chemist. Lab created opal is pretty but gets dull, and it just doesn’t really capture the light dispersement that real opals do. This was because no one was really getting those silica dioxide particulars small enough to mimic Mother Nature. The nano particles of silica dioxide are just the same as natural opal. They are almost as small as an atom. The matrix is a nod to turquoise and the two together are magic. It takes about a year to grow. It is more durable than natural opal and this makes this material ideal for rings and bracelets as detergents won’t hurt it. It has a hardness of 5.5 on the Mohs scale.
¾" not including Lobster Claw
Great to collect for a charm bracelet or to wear as a necklace.
Charm Bracelet sold Separately.
HandMade in Santa Fe, NM since 1987