The double spiral represents an umbilical cord, the life-giving connection of body and soul. "If you feel lost while in deep meditation", a Tibetan master taught me, "just follow the silver cord back to yourself."
In this 1999 picture, Sergio is gifting to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, a bracelet with a double silver spiral inspired in his ancient culture.
In 1999 I had the honor to be a
guest of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, at his home in Dharamsala, India.
At our meeting I gave him a Sherpa’s Rope bracelet, thinking that he may
appreciate seeing a Tibetan design made by an American. Soon after, one of the monks approached me
with an unusual request: To please teach their young jewelers to make that old
Tibetan design. Of course I agreed and in the process I found out why I was
asked. The mountain pass from Tibet to India is so high that the old masters
migrated to Nepal instead, that is where I learned this technique in the 1980s
from an elder Tibetan jeweler, he would be pleased to know that his lessons
reached their new generation.