Zandra Lorena Sajbin designs a pendant of extraordinary beauty in honor of Maya astronomy. She crafts the sterling silver pendant by hand, depicting the quetzal bird and a temple over the lilac jade side of the pendant. The black jade side features a crescent moon. Maya astronomers sought to predict eclipses, which they likened to the galaxy taking a breath and which influenced human conscience.
Lilac jade is a natural stone. Its color will vary due to its white, green, blue and rose veins.
925 sterling silver, jade
Chain length: 45.72 cm L
Chain width: 2 mm
Pendant: 2.8 cm L x 2.2 cm W x 0.7 cm D
THIS PRODUCT IS ARTISAN-MADE
ARTIST: Zandra Lorena Sajbin
"My son's pediatrician and a priest from San Lucas Toliman, who I regard as my father, are my guardian angels. I'm a happy person who loves to chat, I'm honest and responsible, and I'm also a little bit strict. I was born on May 23, 1983 in Quiché but I grew up in an orphanage in San Lucas Toliman.
"At first my husband and I had a hard time selling our silver jewelry, we didn't have any clients. One day, when we didn't have money for food, I went to see our son's pediatrician and he bought a few pieces. He was our first client.
"The first thing I ever made on my own was a pair of silver earrings. My husband taught me so I could help him. I remember watching him work on his own 'til all hours of the night and I really wanted to learn how to craft jewelry. Finally the day came when he asked me to help him and that's how I started. As I saw the jewelry I had been crafting and saw how beautiful it was I felt happy -- everyone kept saying how much they liked what I had made!
"It's not been easy getting established as an artisan because silver is very expensive and it's difficult to purchase. But when you set your own mind to it, you can achieve your goals. My greatest dream is to be able to buy a piece of land and build my own house so that I may leave it to my two sons.
"I like to work with jade because it is a sacred stone for us Maya people. Jade used to be worn as an amulet, and those who wore the most jade pieces were considered to be the most important people in the community. Rescuing the value of our traditions is always important.
"Silver has become a way of life for my family, and little by little I'm teaching my sons so that when they grow up they may choose to continue what their mom and dad began for them.
"Guatemala offers many opportunities for those of us who like to work hard and now my husband and I have a workshop where we also sell our designs. I strongly believe that everything is possible if one has dreams, and that nothing is impossible if you work hard to achieve your goals.
"I think Novica and the people who support traditional handcrafts can tell that ours is a jewelry that satisfies the highest demands.
"I lead a happy and tranquil life together with my loved ones. I enjoy going to fairs and expos to exhibit my jewelry. We have received several recognitions from Guatemala's Tourism Institute where they give special mention to the high quality of our pieces, as well as for our hard work. I believe our jewelry reflects all the love that we pour into what we do. Our customers are mostly tourists who like our designs because we use the best jade and the best quality silver we can find.
"Offering my art through Novica is another dream come true. I am honored to see people beyond Guatemala's borders wear my designs. Each of them bears my best wishes."
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