Seven Sisters Gallery is excited to carry Savannah Designs, the beautiful work of Juana and Steve Jelen.
Juana Jelen, the designer behind the beautiful art of Savannah Designs, is a self taught jewelry artist, originally from the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco in Peru. After meeting her husband to be, Steve, Juana left Peru for Brazil, India and Nepal and later on to Switzerland, Spain and England before settling permanently in California.
Once established, in California, Steve and Juana opened a gallery which they ran for the next twenty three years.
These days Juana spends her time designing and creating her own line of beautiful, contemporary jewelry with an organic, textured feel which makes her (and all her customers!) extremely happy. We’re sure you will enjoy wearing any of the Savannah jewelry pieces as much as she enjoyed making them.
Stretching from Morro Bay to San Luis Obispo, a string of nine volcanic plugs sacred to the Chumash and Salinan indigenous peoples of our area, separates the Los Osos and Chorro Valleys and provides incredible views of green hills and beautiful cloud formations. The Morros, as the small string of peaks is called, end with Morro Rock in Morro Bay. Seven Sisters Gallery choose it’s name in honor of the seven visible peaks (known as The Seven Sisters) within this string of peaks. Morro Rock, the most sacred of these plugs and the location where countless rituals have taken place over the years, lies just outside our door and is the inspiration for our unique signature line of Morro rock jewelry.
A steadfast refuge to creatures great and small, The Rock symbolizes sanctuary, groundedness, the sense of our empowerment to overcome obstacles and the return of cherished things which might have once seemed lost.
“El Morro” was first named by the Spanish maritime explorer, Juan Rodriguez Castillo, when he saw it in 1542. But the Chumash and Salinan had been living around the rock since long before the Spanish explorers sited it. Both Native American tribes have been known to perform rituals on Morro Rock, including one prayer ritual by the Salinan that was said to ensure the return of the Sun after it had set.
In 1968 the rock was designated as a State Historical Landmark and since then, climbing the rock has been off limits to the public as it is a designated Peregrine Falcon sanctuary. The majestic raptors have nested on Morro Rock for centuries, and it was at one time one of the last remaining nesting sites in California when extensive use of DDT nearly drove the Falcons to extinction. Rehabilitation efforts since the ban of DDT have been successful in increasing Peregrine population once again, and it is now common to see the fastest animal in the world flying above the bay.