Sun Symbol Necklace, Southwest Petroglyph Gemstones Handmade Jewelry

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Filled with the rich, earthy colors of the Desert Southwest, the one of a kind HALO SUN necklace is a perfect handmade jewelry gift for the woman who loves the symbolism of Native American petroglyphs.  The beautiful necklace features an artisan polymer clay sun symbol pendant, leopardskin jasper gemstones, shell heishe and copper.  The pendant was created from white polymer clay.  A concentric circle sun symbol design was inscribed free hand into the polymer clay then hand painted with earthy pigments reminiscent of the sandstone and sage of the desert.  The backside of the pendant is also inscribed with a petroglyph looking design, including the maker’s mark, a spiraling P.  A coating of clear polymer clay sealer was applied to protect the pendant and keep it vibrant for many years of wearing pleasure.  Three heavy gauge copper jump rings securely fasten the unique wire bail of the pendant to the main body of the necklace.
The symbol of concentric circles around a central dot is a common theme in ancient Puebloan rock art of the American Southwest - a symbol of the halo sun.  Since the agricultural Pueblo culture was based on maize, beads and squash, their knowledge of weather patterns was extensive.  Experts believe that the concentric circle symbol represents a sun with a halo.  A halo sun in the sky is quite often a precursor to rain, especially during the desert’s summer monsoon season.  Rains were/are of great importance for a successful harvest, providing food, life and harmony to the people.  
To perfectly highlight the colors of the sun pendant, gorgeous leopardskin jasper and shell heishe was used.  Also sometimes referred to as jaguar stone, leopardskin jasper is known for its earthy colors and distinct potter and swirly patterns.  As you can see in the photos, the colors range from a dark reddish brown pinks, peaches and a pale beige.  Each stone is distinct in its pattern.  Between each grouping of three leopardskin jasper rounds, each separated by small copper beads, is found three thin heishe shell discs in a pale peachy color, also separated from the jasper by copper beads.  A copper hook clasp set finishes the meaningful necklace.   Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the HALO SUN petroglyph inspired necklace is a lovely gift for the woman who is captivated by the magic and beauty of the symbols.

  • Halo sun petroglyph pendant:  app. 51 mm including bail x 40 mm at widest (2.0” x 1.6”); artisan handmade by Pati Bannister
  • Leopardskin jasper gemstones:  app. 8 mm
  • Shell discs:  app. 5 mm x 2 mm
  • Metal:  copper
  • Clasp:  copper hook clasp set
  • Length:  app. 19” / 48.3 cm
  • Pendant drop:  app. 2” / 5.1 cm, including the copper wire bail


***  For a better understanding of the relative size of the petroglyph sun pendant and leaopardskin jasper used to create the HALO SUN artisan petroglyph necklace, please be sure to check out photo # 6 for a size comparison with a quarter.

The concentric halo sun is symbolic of life and harmony.  Leopardskin Jasper is believed to be a powerful protection stone and bring things into your life that you need.  Shell is believed to stimulate intuition, sensitivity, imagination and adaptability.  Copper is used to help the wearer recognize barriers in the path of personal development.


The unique HALO SUN sun symbol pendant necklace was carefully designed and handmade in a dog friendly, smoke free studio.  The necklace will come with two informational drop tags: one with the piece's name; the other lists the materials used in the necklace and the language of the stones and metals. It will be carefully packed in an organza jewelry bag, perfect for gift giving to a loved one . . . or to yourself!   
***  The beautiful jewelry found in my handmade shop is photographed outside in natural light.  Please be aware that not all computer monitors show colors exactly the same. The colors of the components used to create each piece of jewelry are extremely close to the actual color on my own monitor. They may appear lighter or darker on yours.



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