Since the beginning of time, humans have desired to leave their mark on the world. Petroglyphs were picture-stories, written in stone by ancestors whose legacies live on. The designs in our petroglyph jewelry are special petroglyph symbols that pay homage to the legacy of the land that we inhabit — the animals, plants, and people whose stories all came before and have shaped our own narratives.
What is the story behind this symbolic jewelry? Petroglyph designs are a carving in rock, usually stylized figures of animals, such as crazy horse petroglyph, or people, but also sometimes of abstract shapes. Petroglyph Prehistoric Art found in rock fields all over the southwest and is what inspired the jewelry symbols and meanings in our rock art jewelry.
The petroglyph-inspired designs in our Southwestern jewelry are more than just “rock art,” they are stories that create jewelry with meaningful messages. Petroglyphs are powerful cultural symbols that reflect the complex societies and religions of the surrounding tribes, and blend beautifully into handcrafted American Southwest jewelry that tells a story.
Appreciating our ancient symbols jewelry and other Southwest spirit jewelry means understanding the context of each image. Today’s Indigenous people have stated that the placement of each petroglyph image was not a casual or random decision. Some petroglyphs have meanings that are only known to the individuals who made them. Others represent tribal, clan, kiva or society markers. Some are religious entities and others show who came to the area and where they went. Petroglyphs still have contemporary meaning, while the meaning of others is no longer known but are respected for belonging to “those who came before.” The Petroglyph collection makes an excellent and meaningful choice for a authentic Southwestern gift.