This is a medium sized charoite Zia pendant from Jack Boglioli’s New Mexico Collection. The stone is bound and woven in place using his “Boglioli Method”. He designed the pendant to be a contemporary rendition of the traditional Zia sun symbol, New Mexico’s state symbol. The zia adorns the state flag. The 16 “rays” of this symbol are bound with fine silver and fixed using his signature wrapping technique.
The charoite Zia pendant is about 26 mm wide (1 inch) by about 35 mm (1 3/8 inch) tall. It comes with an 18 inch snake chain that is 1 mm thick.
Charoite is a purple colored silicate mineral only found in Siberia, Russia, known for it’s swirling pearly luster and vivid color. Follow the link below if you want further information about charoite.
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 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.”
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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