Man in the maze

Man in the maze

Man in the maze, the labyrinth of life

Long time ago, the "O'odham" people used to represent "The man in the maze" mostly on their baskets, then, later Hopi tribe picked it up for their jewellery.

The interpretation of this symbol vary from family to family, but the common one is that circle with a man and a labyrinth represent life, with good and dark paths, birth and death.

The man at the top represents birth (of individual, of family or of tribe). The maze under him represents the changes one goes through during life. With each twist and turn, the man becomes more understanding and stronger as a person. The dark center represents death or the begining of a new journey and thus, the cycle repeats itself.

The journey of life is a journey through a maze, begining at birth and continuing through childhood, adulthood and finally ending in old age.

Selection of the month

    • Man Navajo bracelet.
This sterling silver bracelet is hand-stamped and hand-carved in feather shape. 
The feather is symbol of peace and freedom of spirit. 
Wrist size (in inches): 7.6 Width (in mm) : 12mm
This bracelet is made in sterling silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. 
    • Man One of a Kind piece
Sterling silver Zuni bracelet inlaid with Wild Horse stone. 
The handmade Zuni inlay is made of different stones (most often turquoise, coral, mother-of-pearl, black jet), carved and put together in order to create a thin geometrical pattern. The piece is then polished in order to give a smooth and elegant finish to the jewel. Wrist size (in inches): 7.2Width (in mm): 9mmThis bracelet is made in sterling silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. 
    • Woman Liquid Silver necklace with turquoise mix, coral mix and sterling silver tubular beads (Heishi) on nylon string, and with a coral nugget on its center. 
Liquid silver is a traditionnal Navajo work. Tubular beads (called heishi) are hand-strung together in order to create one or several strands. This gives a fluid aspect to the jewel, that makes think to silk or water running on the skin, explaining why the Navajos gave this name to this process. 
Setting and clasp in sterling silver. 
Length in inches: 16
Proudly handmade in USA.
    • Woman Fetishes necklace. Animals carved in turquoise on a Heishi shell beads string. Main pendant representing an eagle, incarnation of divine power. 
Necklace length (in inches): 27.5Size of the centrale pendant (H x L in mm) : 42mm x 51mmClasp in sterling silver. 
In a time when the Zuni tribe lived from agriculture and hunting, the hunters couldn't do with these amulets and would never forget to bring them during their expeditions. The fetishes assure benevolence of the soul. Each animal represents its spirit, its own inner force and protects its owner. 
Proudly handmade in USA. 
    • Unisex Navajo necklace in sterling silver. 
    • Man One of a Kind piece
Navajo ring with a Kingman turquoise (Arizona) set in sterling silver.
The setting of this ring is smooth and refined in order to highlight this beautiful turquoise. Size of the stone (HxL in mm) : 14mm x 10mm
This ring is in sterling silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. If you don't find this ring in your size, please contact us, we may have it in stock.
    • Man One of a Kind piece 
Navajo ring with a Kingman turquoise (Arizona) set in sterling silver. 
This designer ring is representative of Navajo silversmithing: the darker tone on the below part is due to the oxydation of the silver and the setting is adorned by two wire shape pieces that remind a rope and represent the fact Navajos consider the stone needs to be tame as a wild animal. Dimensions of the stone in mm (HxL) : 23mm x 17mm
This ring is made in sterling silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. 
If you don't find this ring in your size, please contact us, we may have it in stock.
    • Woman Navajo ring. Sleeping Beauty turquoise (Arizona) set in a sterling silver arrow spiral. 
The arrow is symbol of protection. Width : 20mm
This ring is made in Sterling Silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. If you don't find this ring in your size, please contact us, we may have it in stock.
    • Unisex Zuni fetish. Unique piece.
Bear carved in chrysocolla with his eyes in Sleeping Beauty turquoise.
We can see three arrows on this fetish, that go from its mouth to its heart. These arrows represent the line of life: The animal's breath, allowing it to dominate and master its prey.
The bear symbolizes strength, health and knowledge. 
Dimensions (H x L x l) in mm:
39mm x 52mm x 18mm
In a time when the Zuni tribe lived from agriculture and hunting, the hunters could'nt do without these amulets and would never forget to bring them during their expeditions. The fetishes assure benevolence of the soul.Each animal represents its spirit, its own inner force and protects its owner.
Proudly handmade in USA.
    • Unisex Zuni Fetish. Unique piece.  
Buffalo carved in gorgone with Sleeping Beauty turquoise eyes. 
We can see an arrow on this fetish, that goes from its mouth to its heart. This arrow represents the line of life: The animal's breath, allowing it to dominate and master its prey.
The buffalo symbolizes plentiness, endurance, and fulfill wishes. 
Dimensions (H x L x l) in mm = 26 x 40 x 11
In a time when the Zuni tribe lived from agriculture and hunting, the hunters could'nt do without these amulets and would never forget to bring them during their expeditions. The fetishes assure benevolence of the soul.Each animal represents its spirit, its own inner force and protects its owner.
Proudly handmade in USA.
    • Unisex Zuni fetish. Unique piece. 
    • Unisex Hatband with 10 conchas and 11 butterflies in Sterling Silver attached with copper grips on the back. Belt in genuine brown cow leather. 
    • Unisex 100% silk scarf, limited edition. 
    • Man One of a Kind piece - Navajo handcraft
Inlaid silver and lapis-lazuli cufflinks. 
The handmade inlay is a gathering of genuine stones, carved and put together in order to create a thin geometrical pattern. The piece is then polished in order to give a smooth and elegant finish to the jewel. 
Diameter: 15mm
These cufflinks are made in sterling silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. 

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