Anyone traveling to Peru, especially to visit the Inca remains, will find the pattern of Chakana ("tawa chakana" in Quechua) during his journey.
This square cross is a symbol of Inca culture that can be found both on ancient textiles, painted on ceramics and carved on secular walls.
Symbolizing the Southern Cross, it has a cosmological and religious meaning, it says a lot about the conception of the Inca world.
Inca cross also called chakana having served as a model for this manufacture (source)
Creation of a gold Inca cross
Our client, fascinated by the Inca culture, wanted a 22k gold Chakana pendant.
In order to provide us with good quality gold, we supplied ourselves in the form of official gold coins minted by the Bank of Mexico.
This 22-carat gold allowed us to work directly with the original metal of the piece by laminating and then cutting the almost pure gold constituting the piece.
The difficulty of the work lay in the small size of the pendant, which made handling difficult.
Indeed, this inca cross pendant measures only 10x10 mm for 1mm thick, giving us a total finished weight of only 1.6 grams.
For this work, a piece of gold coin is laminated to make a plate that is then cut with the saw to bring out the contours of the Inca cross.
This plate is then pierced with the central hole and the small hole used to pass the bail of the pendant.
This kind of pendant can be or plate or curved as show here:
We let you admire the result of the finished pendant.
Particularly noteworthy is the yellow reflection of solid gold much warmer than gold jewelry of 18 or 14 carats.
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