Reversible Turquoise/Zia Symbol Round Blue Campitos Turquoise 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.
¾" not including Lobster Claw
Great to collect for a charm bracelet or to wear as a necklace.
Charm Bracelet sold Separately.
Mined in Mexico
Campitos Turquoise was mined extensively in ancient times, with evidence of trade with Native American peoples. The Toltecs and Aztecs left much evidence of the importance of turquoise to these cultures. Campitos is unique in several ways. It grows in clay as free-form nuggets, rather than as veins which is typical of many North American turquoises. Its color is said to most closely resemble Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, and ranges from a light to medium blue, occasionally with pyrite inclusions, giving it a bit of sparkle. A lovely, hard stone with beautiful color, Campitos is a favorite for jewelry artisans.The mine as we know it today has been producing since the 1980's.
The mine where a piece of turquoise was found—not its color, nor its matrix, which refers to the veins and patterns of the stone—is the primary factor in determining its value. Historically speaking, the finest turquoise came from the mountains of Asia. In the 20th century, however, the copper-rich American Southwest supplanted them as the primary source of rare, and valuable, specimens, including collector favorites such as Bisbee, Lander Blue, and Number 8 (Black Web). Tibetan Turquoise is highly prized. Hubei also has some of the most beautiful natural Turquoise.
HandMade in Santa Fe, NM since 1987