These lovely earrings feature the Cruz de Yalalag. This is a prehispanic symbol originating from the town of Villa Hidalgo in Oaxaca. This cross is based on the cosmic, social and theogonic concept that crosses have had in all of Mesoamerican culture since before the conquest of the Spanish and the evangelizing of missionaries in what is today, Latin America.
The cross symbolizes the world, with its four corners and directions. The East-West defines the solar direction of God, who is born in the East and dies symbolically every day in the West. The South-North is the human direction, which is vital in the South and deadly in the North.
This meaning is added upon with the cross of Yalalag with the addition of the three hanging crosses. The three hanging crosses each represent a natural element. The left represents the heavens, the right, land and central, the key to interpret this cross, is the wind, element of intermediation that opens the possibility of passing from heaven to earth or earth to heaven.
Sterling silver. About 2 inches long. Approx 6 grams.
This is an extraordinary necklace featuring a heavy gauged sterling silver pendant, natural amber and capped coral beads from Oaxaca, Mexico. The beads are coral and beautiful natural amber. The artisan that made this has passed. It is one of a kind and irreplacable.
Length is 31".
Mexican amber is among the rarest and highest qualities of amber in the world. The amber is of a long extinct species of tree and is probably about 25 million years old.
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