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jade hookSAVE 20% WITH SAVE20 COUPON for this and anything else in the shop. This is a lovely hand-carved pendant of natural Nephrite Jade from New Zealand. The hei matu, or fish hook, has endured since pre-colonial times (prior to the 18th century) and symbolizes abundance, and a respect for sea. The design represents the special relationship Maori people have with fishing (historically they lived from fisheries and depended on the sea for food gathering) and Tangaroa, god of the sea. Designs range from the ultra-realistic through to more conceptual styles, and wearing one is said to bring good fortune when traveling across oceans.

This beautiful piece measures approx. 45 mm long (approx.. 1 3/4") x approx. 23 mm. (just shy of 1") at its widest point. Thickness is approx. 3 mm. Hole at top for hanging is approx. 3 mm. wide.

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Crystal Pendulum

Just to provide some balance (and fun) to our ongoing discussion about crystals, I thought I'd recap some points made by a very cynical person (I don't know how else to characterize it -- they just had that kind of tone) in an article posted on The main points were that contrary to the beliefs of hippies, scifi enthusiasts, new-agers, gypsies and other 'misfits' (as characterized by the writer), crystals do not:

* hold magical power sources

* have the key to the future of our civilization

* have the power to heal; or

* do anything when you: talk to them; kiss them; meditate on them; wear them round your neck; or sleep with   them under the pillow

The writer contends that they are just a lump of [expletive deleted] rock. Hmm, that seems a little rude. I leave it to you – what do you think?

(I promise I won't label you as a hippie, gypsy, new-ager or whatever if you're bold enough to post your opinion supporting creative uses of crystals here on our blog!) My opinion? (And I also won't tell you which of the above human/political categories I've personally been accused of being in, after giving you this opinion...)

I say what the heck – why are we so arrogant that we feel we know everything? Crystals have been used in radios because of their ability to be receptive regarding certain vibrations and frequencies. Scientists have said there's no cause for concern with the use of cell phones, yet they're now looking into the possibility of breast cancer in women who store their cell phones in their bras! I know that might be a strange analogy, but I'm just trying to say that while I respect science and tend to want verifiable, scientific proof of everything, I also observe that one generation of scientists often discovers what the last generation got wrong. So I leave the door open for possibilities as I witness the ongoing evolution of thought and knowledge...

In the meantime, if you love the beauty of crystals and you think you might be a latent or active hippie, gypsy, new-ager or just plain crystal enthusiast – here's a lovely sample, and we have more on ur web site – ready for your healing, meditation, viewing, wearing, or watever – pleasure.  And if you buy, use Code #66071 as a $5.00 THANK YOU! discount for taking the time to read my silly musings on this...

p.s. While you're here at the site, check out out a new sampling of our beads, gems and charms here.




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