Silver necklace with turquoise and a mobile arrow. Made by Teresa Jardines.
A note from the artist...
As a native New Mexican, the Zia sun symbol holds a lot of meaning to me. It is a sacred symbol to the native Zia Pueblo. The number four is a meaningful number symbolizing the circle of life, the four directions, the four elements, the four stages of life and the four seasons. Working with clay and silver (both traditional Native American mediums used in New Mexico), allows me to pay homage to the meaning encompassed by the Zia and the wonderful place where I was raised.
I owe my interest in precious stones to my father who is a geologist. As a child, I marveled at the beautiful stones I’d find in the desert – and every once in a while, I’d find that prized pottery shard or arrowhead. It didn’t take long for Dad to buy me a rock tumbler so I could polish my treasures.
The process of creating something from nothing is my true passion. It often involves a personal connection, a story, a beautiful aspect of nature or simply a unique idea. I hope you’ll enjoy your visit!