Sodalite Chakana Cross Filigree Pendant Necklace from Peru, "Blue Mountain Chakana"
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Symbolizing the union of the spiritual and mortal worlds, the chakana cross originates from several pre-Hispanic cultures, including the Inca. Nancy Quispe of Peru pays homage to the chakana, handcrafting it with intricate sterling silver filigree in this pendant necklace. The cross is set with a round stone of natural sodalite in the center, evoking the blue skies above the Andes.
- 9 grams
- 0.33 oz
- Chain length: 44 cm L
- Chain length: 17.25" L
- Chain width: 2 mm
- Chain width: 2 mm
- Pendant: 3.8 cm L x 2.6 cm W x 0.15 cm D
- Pendant: 1.5" L x 1" W x 0.1" D
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Nancy took many courses to learn the art of jewelry but fell in love with filigree. The delicate curvilinear lines of this unique style of silverwork are part of the cultural heritage of Northern Peru. Filigree jewelry is worn with many traditional costumes and a Marinera may not be danced without wearing filigree earrings. Nancy teaches filigree to her employees and others who seek her out asking to learn this art.
Working with Novica brings Nancy a confidence that she previously struggled to find. Her Novica sales are steady and she has been able to find not only the belief that she will succeed but the steady income that she needs to survive.
Nancy pays for her daughter's education. Her assistants also have children and are able to educate them with the income from their jobs.
Nancy Quispe has received 5 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $200 and the most recent for $1000.
Nancy now employs a man and a woman to help her. They each have children and are able to support them with their workshop earnings.
Nancy won third place for innovation in filigree work at the national competition Patronato de Plata del Peru.
This artist has dramatically improved their livelihood by working with NOVICA.
Nancy and her husband support their seven year old daughter.