This piece was created around a wonderful brass amulet called a Double Dorje Cross. It is suspended from a necklace of rich green chrome diopside nuggets ranging in length from 8 to 16mm. The necklace is 20-1/2 inches around, with a pendant drop of 2 inches, and closes with a hammered 14K gold-filled S-clasp from the Thai Karen Hill Tribe in Thailand.
So what is a Double Dorje Cross, anyway? Thank you for asking. In the first place, "Dorje" is the Tibetan word for "Vajra," which is a Sanskrit term for both a thunderbolt and diamond. It is used symbolically by the dharma traditions of Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism often to represent the firmness and power of spirit.
The double Dorje represents that which cannot be destroyed but which destroys all evil. The shape of the Dorje symbolizes the two forms of truth, relative and absolute. It is joined together by a brass center sphere known as the sphere of reality.
When the double Dorje is worn as a pendant, it reminds the wearer of the indestructability if knowledge. It can also be used in meditation.
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