Sterling Silver and Quartz Beaded Bird Pendant Necklace, "Machu Picchu Legacy"
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Teodoro Melendez and Family share their Peruvian heritage with this awe-inspiring quartz and sterling silver beaded pendant necklace. Teodoro likes to say, "...that each of my designs represents a lifetime of dedication to the promotion of pre-Hispanic art for the newer generations to appreciate." Round sterling silver beads make up most of the necklace which is accented with pretty quartz beads. The accessory's focal points are two beads and a pendant made of sterling silver with oxidized and gleaming finishes. The Andean artisans craft the former to resemble the human heads found among the ruins of pre-Columbian civilizations. The latter is bird-shaped; birds were of central importance to the Incas, a fact attested to by the shape of Machu Picchu which, when viewed from above, looks like a condor. The necklace closes with a hook clasp.
- 23 grams
- 0.80 oz
- Necklace length: 46 cm L
- Necklace length: 18" L
- Necklace width: 2 mm
- Necklace width: 2 mm
- Pendant: 2.5 cm L x 2.2 cm W x 0.4 cm D
- Pendant: 1" L x 0.9" W x 0.2" D
Teodoro’s eight children are grown and he now has 20 grandchildren. During difficult economic times, he assists with his grandchildren’s education.
Exposed to the unique designs of pre-Hispanic culture by his father, an archeologist and museum curator, Teodoro turned his interest into a livelihood. He learned the hammering, stamping, burning and casting techniques of early craftsmen, using them to create unique jewelry steeped in the culture of ancient Peru. Through his family workshop, he continues to pass these techniques to other artisans. Teodoro has dedicated his life’s work to perpetuating pre-Hispanic jewelry design and production techniques, many of which he was introduced to by Victor Larco, the founder of the Pre-Columbian Museum in Lima.
In his ninth decade of life, Teodoro is no longer able to work and often requires assistance with walking and daily activities. His son and daughter now care for him. In spite of his poor health, he continues to spend time at his workshop, inspiring and guiding the creation of the art he has dedicated his life to.
Teodoro Melendez and Family has received 7 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $300 and the most recent for $1500. Proceeds were used to purchase materials such as silver for his work.
This artist is an elder master and continues to actively practice their craft.