Discovering unique handmade jewelry, precious items crafted as a work of art and a labor of love, can make shopping in foreign markets truly an adventure. Silver jewelry inlaid with semiprecious stones and conch shells is an interplay of color, pattern and history. Common design motifs incorporated into many of the silver pendants are ancient Incan calendar symbols.
The most common Incan symbol incorporated into the jewelry is the Chakana, a three stepped cross with a hole in the center. The three steps represent the three worlds, i.e, the heavenly realm of the spirit, the human realm and the underworld and death. Three other Incan concepts represented by the Chakana are the 3 realities of Love, Knowledge and Work. For an in depth article on the Chankana see the page by Ren Chin at hubpages.
Sun, moon and stars, animals, spirals, geometrics of ancient design will all be found incorporated into these beautiful objects.