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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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Tucson 2 060This week we feature a LOW PRICE DEAL (!!!) on one of our most-beloved bead types, a little handful of the wonderful Peruvian Opals pictured here.

I'm not alone in my love for these deliciously blue stones. I've heard you can't even find them in Peru any more -- they were bought up years ago. And now they are terribly hard to find, and usually quite expensive!

You might use these alone in a special bracelet or paired with soft-brown stones or wood beads in a gorgeous necklace - whatever you can imagine and create! This little set makes them more affordable than ever! Only $10 for ELEVEN of these sweet, fat little beads - each approx. 10 mm wide and 6 mm. thick, with tiny holes as shown (only about 1 mm.) Check out our other gorgeous strands of natural Peruvian Opal while you're in the shop - it might be a great time to stock up on even more, before they get snapped up!

 

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