In 2005, I went on a trip from Mexico City through Oaxaca and Chiapas, and on into Guatemala.
In Oaxaca I found some charming silver animal charms, in San Cristobal two crudely-made amber necklaces, and in Guatemala City some old coins known as ‘reales’, and an antique silver locket.
Later, I cut up the amber necklaces, and used the amber beads, along with the reál coins and the silver locket from Guatemala City to make this ‘Mayan Journey’ necklace and earrings.
The donkey and chicken charms from Oaxaca and the chain from México D.F. were used to make a charm bracelet to represent this part of the journey.
I don’t think I have ever made a charm bracelet before. Originally I was thinking I could add one bird charm, one donkey charm and a few pieces of amber and then use the others for earrings. However, it appears that for a bracelet to look good, there must be a charm on every other link, a lot more work than I was expecting, but I’m pleased with the result.
There is an amber mine near San Cristobal, and an amber museum in the city.