Celebrate your self awareness with this beautiful and delicate lotus flower design cut out of sterling silver and centered in a circle of sterling Silver! This pendant hangs from an 18" rhodium plated sterling silver box chain. Rhodium adds a tarnish resistant finish as well as a darker, rich patina to the sterling silver. Buddhists liken the unfolding of the lotus petals to the unfolding of the divine within the human self. The closed bloom represents the heart with its infinite potential for enlightenment; the open blossom represents the enlightened self. In Buddhism the lotus blossom represents a heart opening. The lotus flower blooms on the surface of water, with its roots deep below in mud - making it a symbol of light and beauty emerging from darkness. This simple yet elegant pendant is stamped 925 and measures 1/2" in diameter.