In Peru, there are longstanding handicraft traditions that inspire up and coming artisans. Even those that create modern designs often use a bit of the traditional motifs and materials that are so important in Peruvian culture. Bird and llama motifs, native Peruvian stones and shells, carved gourd and huayruro seeds are all common in Peruvian jewelry. The native stones like royal blue sodalite are found in both classic and modern pendants, bracelets and earrings. The deeper the hue, the more prized the sodalite is. Master silversmiths create perfectly fitting settings to accent the natural stones in their Peruvian necklaces, and women choose them not only for the color, but also for the metaphysical powers sodalite is said to possess. Many believe it is a calming and healing stone, and that it can open the channels of communication. For this reason, it is said to be a stone for writers and those who speak publicly. The necklace pictured here is an example of a classic Peruvian sodalite necklace design.