Zia Sun and Turquoise Necklace, Thai Silver Crystals Southwest Handmade Jewelry for Women

Item Description

The meaningful ZIA necklace is filled with the eminent charm of enchanting New Mexico and the soul satisfying flair of the Southwest.  The handmade necklace features a sterling silver Zia sun pendant, a symbol that is sacred to the Zia Indians.  Small, earthy turquoise nuggets perfectly highlight the pendant, along with glowing Thai Hill Tribes fine silver faceted cube beads and glittering Swarovski crystals.  The ZIA artisan necklace was carefully designed and handmade for the woman who loves one of a kind, artisan jewelry.



Zia sun pendant:  app. 15 mm x 1.5 mm; tarnish resistant sterling silver

Graduated turquoise nuggets:  from app. 8 mm x 4 mm to 4 mm x 4 mm

Thai Hill Tribes faceted cube beads:  app. 4 mm

Swarovski crystals:  faceted 4 mm smoked topaz bicones

Metal:  sterling silver and fine silver

Clasp:  sterling silver s-clasp set

Length:  app. 18” / 45.7 cm

Pendant drop:  app. 0.75” / 1.9 cm including the sterling silver jump ring bail


***  For a better understanding of the relative size of the sterling silver pendant, turquoise and the other elements used to create the ZIA artisan necklace, please be sure to check out photo #6 for a size comparison with a quarter.


The Zia regard the Sun as a sacred symbol. Their symbol, a red circle with groups of rays pointing in four directions, has been painted on ceremonial vases, drawn on the ground around campfires and used to introduce newborns to the Sun for centuries.  Four is a sacred number It reflecting the basic harmony of all things in the universe. The Zia symbol represents the Circle of Life: the four directions, the four seasons, the four times of day and  the four stages of life.  The Zia also believe that man has four sacred obligations: to develop a strong body, a clear mind, a pure spirit and a devotion to the well being of the people.


The Zia sun pendant was carefully designed and hand cast by Bev of Stuck On Silver in Albuquerque, NM, from tarnish resistant sterling silver.  The pendant was cast with raised sun and recessed sun rays in the middle of the round pendant and then lightly oxidized to bring out the fine details of the symbol.  The Zia pendant was then polished to mirror like finish (which made it hard to photograph as it reflected my silhouette, the sky and clouds and other nearby things) on both the front and back.  The back has the .925 stamp of sterling silver and the initials of the artist.  A sterling silver closed ring connects the Zia pendant to the main body of the necklace.


Since turquoise is a sacred gemstone to many Native American peoples living in the Southwest, especially the Dine’ (Navajo), turquoise (dootł’izh) was perfect to include in the necklace design.  Life, according to Navajo tradition, began when the first man and woman used a stone disk, edged with turquoise, to create the sun. A turquoise stone thrown into the water or air could help connect a person in in prayer to the Creator of Rain or the Wind Spirits.  The nuggets used in the ZIA necklace are very earthy looking, shades of blue with natural black and brown matrix.  The nuggets are graduated in size, the largest in the front with the smallest at the back. Theya re grouped in a series of three, the last grouping has four.  


Between the first five groupings of turquoise are Thai Hill Tribes fine silver faceted cubes flanked on each side with small sterling silver beads and sparkling dark brown Swarovski crystals.  Each Thai silver bead was handmade by artisans of the Karen Hill Tribe and contains a higher silver content that sterling silver, sometimes up to 99%.  These beads are a faceted cube shape, catching and reflecting the light.  The sparkling Swarovski crystals, a rich brown color called “smoked topaz,” mimic the matrix of the turquoise.  The necklace is finished with a sleek sterling silver s-clasp set.


The Zia sun symbolises the basic harmony of all things in the universe and the Circle of Life.  Turquoise is believed to be a stone of wholeness, promoting a sense of unity with all that surrounds us; it brings peace of mind, a soothing energy and healing of the spirit. Even though man made, glass (crystal) carries the energies of transformation, rebirth and communication.   Silver is a metal of love and healing; it is a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us.


The ZIA artisan 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!   

***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 monitor. They may appear lighter or darker on yours.  

Beautifully Unique Handmade Jewelry
for the Discerning Woman

N2185 - 07-23-17



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