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NM Collection | Large Turquoise Zia Pendant


This turquoise Zia pendant by Jack Boglioli is about 41 mm wide (1 5/8 inch) by 51 mm tall (2 inches), with an 18 inch snake chain that is 1 mm thick.

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This large turquoise Zia pendant is from Jack Boglioli’s New Mexico collection. The stone is bound and woven in place using his “Boglioli Method.” It is designed to be a contemporary rendition of the traditional Zia sun symbol that is present on the New Mexico state flag. The 16 “rays” of this symbol are also bound with fine silver and fixed in place permanently using his signature technique. The piece has a patina applied to give the metal surface a dark color.

Design Details

The large Zia pendant is about 41 mm wide (1 5/8 inch) by 51 mm tall (2 inches). It comes with an 18 inch snake chain that is 1 mm thick.


Turquoise is a form of hydrated copper and aluminum phosphate. It tends to form in dry desert areas deep underground. Turquoise has been a part of human adornment for thousands of years. Archeological evidence suggests that Chinese artisans were carving it as long ago as 3000 years or more. Also, it is a birthstone for the month of December. Follow the link below if you want further information about turquoise.

About Turquoise

The History and Meanings of The Zia Symbol

The Zia is revered as symbol of all things New Mexican by residents of the southwestern state, as well as visitors who appreciate it’s beautiful scenery and culture. Many also honor it’s origins as a sacred symbol.

The Zia was originally, and currently is, regarded as a sacred representation of the sun by the people of the Zia Pueblo in New Mexico. It is said to symbolize the four winds, four seasons, four directions, and four stages of life. The circle brings the four groups of four together.

In 1925 an anthropologist designed a flag for the State of New Mexico that incorporated the symbol, with the old Spanish colors of red and gold. This design was adopted as the official flag of New Mexico, and is still used today.

To see more Zia pendants, view Jack’s entire New Mexico Collection

Jack Boglioli

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Jack Boglioli started creating jewelry in 2008. During a 7 year period of self learning he practiced the techniques of binding and weaving precious metals, exploring what was possible to create using almost no tools. At that time, he says, “I became captivated by the level of focus and precision this process demanded, and the intricate layered textures that it could produce in a finished piece”.

Journey to New Mexico

After moving from New York to New Mexico, he received formal training in traditional jewelry making at Central New Mexico Community College, in 2015. Today, his goal is to achieve a seamless integration of traditional metalsmithing techniques with the binding and weaving methods he became so enamored with from the start. He explains:

“All of my designs incorporate special binding and weaving techniques executed with thin strands of fine silver and high karat gold. I use these methods to embellish a piece, bind multiple components together, and trap stones into a fabricated framework. The beauty of woven silver and gold is incomparable, especially when it is used to set stones. From closeup and far away it tends to draw the viewer in, to experience it’s finer details. I strive to showcase this beauty, while maintaining the structural integrity and elegance of a well crafted jewelry piece.”

Design Process

Every piece begins as an idea in the shape of a particular form, technique, arrangement or combination of colors. I often work those ideas out through a series of rough sketches in a notebook. The good qualities of all of the rough sketches are then brought together to make a finalized design, drawn to scale. I use the final design as both a visual rendering and a functional blueprint for the creation process.

In 2018, Jack was named “Jewellery Designer of the Year – USA” by U.K. based LUX Life Magazine.

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