Looking for the perfect travel souvenir from the broad skied New Mexico or to represent your home in the Land of Enchantment by wearing this ancient cultural symbol? These hand made Sterling Silver Zia Symbol pendant and chain are truly works of art and so well made you will wear for years to come!
A note from the artist on his pieces: Nino Padilla
New Mexico's distinctive insignis is the Zia Sun Symbol, which originated with the Indians of 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 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 is embodied in the earth, with its four directions; in the year, with its four seasons; in the day with its sunrise, noon, evening and night; in life, with its four divisions--childhood, youth, manhood and old age. Everything is bound together in a circle of life and love, without beginning, without end.
The Zia also believe that in this 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.