Armenian Wheel of Eternity Pendant in Sterling Silver with 10mm Garnet gemstone cabochon.
Two layers of Sterling Silver, hand pierced, layered and soldered with a beautiful red Garnet Cabochon.
Pendant measures approximately 1 1/2" in diameter and hangs on my beaded chain of 10mm and 6mm Garnet gemstone beads. The "chain" is approximately 18" in length. I finished the beaded chain off with sterling silver cable chain, so that it can be clasped anywhere along the length of the chain, making it adjustable to between 18 inches and approximately 20 inches. The clasp is my handmade "C" clasp with a secure latch. Please see all photos for close up of latch and also video to see the clasp in action.
The Armenian Wheel of Eternity is one of the country’s most ancient and sacred symbols. Its origin can be traced to early observations of the Sky and worship of the Armenian Deity of the Sun.
Also known as Arevkhatch, Cross of the Sun (or Kerkhatch, “ker” meaning curved or turned and “khatch” meaning cross ). It represents time, recurrence, universe and the eternal motion of life. There are variations with 4,6,9, and 12 petals, but the most common is the use of the 8, representing eternity.
The back side of the pendant has a special surprise of my hand pierced Pomegranate.
The pomegranate is also a very special symbol in Armenian Mythology, symbolizing fertility and good fortune. It was a guardian against the evil eye.
"At weddings in Western Armenia, a bride would throw a pomegranate and break it into pieces. Its scattered seeds ensured that the bride would bear children. Its importance is attested in historical Armenian manuscripts and stone carvings where it was used as a popular ornament. One of the most iconic Armenian art movies is that of Sergey Paradjanov named “The Color of Pomegranates”. In the film, the red pomegranate on a table with its wrinkled skin and fresh pulp stands out as an embodiment of the invincible soul of Armenia. Until the very day pomegranate is a commonly used theme in Armenian art and culture including cuisine. In fact, it has turned into a national cliché. Go to any art exhibition, and you’re sure to see two or three (or more) paintings where the pomegranate is featured."
A traditional ending for Armenian Fairy Tales: “Three pomegranates fell down from heaven: One for the story teller, one for the listener, and one for the whole world.”
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