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If you look into our jewelry pieces, you will notice that there is a lot of symbolism present. We have appropriated designs from various places into our work. Coming from an ancient culture that uses symbols as part of its national identity, it is no surprise that we have invested time and effort in integrating symbols into our cufflinks, pendants and our other collections. And by ancient culture we mean Armenia, an old country where our ancestors come from. One national symbol is the eternity wheel that has been seen on Armenian steles since the fifth century. The wheel is sometimes integrated in the Khachkar, An Armenian cross that is carved in stone and the words mean exactly that; khach (cross) + kar (stone). You will find all our proudly made jewelry that have these two symbols on this page.
We have explored other symbols as well. Take for this Mayan glyph pendant. While we do not understand the glyphs, we certainly understand the importance of symbolism that represents a civilization that was once fully enlightened and advanced for its time. I was fortunate enough to visit the Mayan ruins of Palenque in Mexico in January to have a hands-on grasp of such an old civilization. Here is a picture of me in front of this imposing pyramid!
For explorers the Mayan writing was reminiscent to Egyptian hieroglyphs, to which there was no relation. Ancient Egypt is another civilization that we look up to. We have designed the Ankh, a symbol for life, in these cufflinks. We have both astrological and astronomical symbols in our designs as well. Horoscope symbols, being famous worldwide, are inscribed in our pendants and cufflinks. And regarding astronomy, we inscribed the symbols for the entities in our solar system, the planets and the sun.
The internet is abuzz this week with talk of astronomers potentially discovering a new Neptune-sized planet in our solar system. This came after noticing six known objects past Neptune orbiting in a peculiar cluster. It is said that the planet takes approximately 15 000 years to orbit around the sun!
It is amazing to think that while we are so advanced in terms of science and technology, we hadn’t yet found this Planet Nine in our very own solar system. It is a humbling reminder of how much there is yet to discover.
Here at MAVA, we are fascinated by the cosmos and decided to honor our closest neighbors with their very own pendants. We have created the astronomical symbols for our sun, moon and all the planets in the solar system. They will be available for purchase on the site this week.
And who knows, maybe we will soon have to create a new pendant for Planet Nine?
From left to right: Earth, the Sun and Jupiter