a mountain ridge, above the Sacred Valley, lays the 15th century
estate of Machu Picchu. Spanish for "old peak", Machu
Picchu is the jewel of Peru. Built in the 1450's as an estate
for the Incan emperor, Pachacuti (1438-1477), this relatively
intact archeological site gives the visitor a fabulous view of
life as it was before the Spanish Conquest.
within a hundred years of being built, the estate has stood the
test of time, a testament to the fine stone masonry of the Incans.
The mountaintop is split up into three areas, agricultural, urban
and religious. As you glance down onto the ruins, you can easily
see the temples, fields, terraces and baths that were once populated.
Blending into the hillside, Machu Picchu is a green paradise,
basking in the sun.
de la Luz (The Mountain in the light) Bangle was inspired by
the wonders of Machu Picchu. The central CZ represents the main
body of the estate, the jewel at the top of the mountain. Set
within a fine metal setting the CZ is surrounded with the look
of terraces, spiraling their way down the mountain. Peyote stitch
and netting, work together, for a beautiful central component
for the bangle.
A Peyote stitch
strip completely covers a brass cuff blank. The blank is used
upside down, allowing the opening to be part of the clasp. A
string of pearls, embellished with a lacing technique, represent
the Incan Trail, as it ascends to the top of the mountain.
Dimensions: The central component
is 1-1/4 inches wide. The band is 5/8 inches wide.
Even count, flat peyote stitch
Even count, flat circular peyote stitch with increasing