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jade newThis is a lovely hand-carved pendant of natural Nephrite Jade from New Zealand. Maori designs carved in jade are steeped in religious and spiritual belief. They tell stories of ancestors long lost, depict spirits from the heavens, earth, and underworld, show historical lineage and paint images of the natural world that surround and surrounded them. They are no doubt beautiful, but they’re more than a form of art. For Maori they create a strong connection with their ancestors and the natural world they live in. It was believed by Maori that as a carving was worn against the skin it absorbed some of that person's essence. As carvings were passed down through the family they absorbed essence from each family member, creating a direct ancestral connection through the necklace itself. This is one reason why Maori design is so special, it is more than just an art form.

This special piece measures approx. 70 mm long (approx.. 2 3/4") x approx. 35 mm. (just shy of 1 1/2") at its widest point. Thickness is approx. 3 mm. Hole at top for hanging is approx. 2 1/2 mm. wide.

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larimar pendant with aquamarineThe bead of the week is our fabulous Larimar piece, perfect for a fine necklace with a silver chain. Wondering what to get mom for mother's day? This might be a good choice if her birthstone happens to be an aquamarine (note the small aquamarine accent), or if she -- like us -- is in love with the dreamy blue-sky look of Larimar.

Want to know more about Larimar? Check out our other blog post on this subject: 'L is for Larimar Beads'.

And if you're thinking about buying, don't forget our MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL, 20% off with Code #66072, at:



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