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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

Our bead of the week is this delicious natural Larimar pendant. Larimar is a form of blue Pectolite, a mineral displaying patterns of blue, blue-green and white.  It was discovered in the 1970's and is only found in the Dominican Republic, near the Carribean Sea. The name "Larimar" comes from a combination of Larissa and Mar and was given to the stone by a Dominican who named the stone after his daughter Larissa, and Mar, the Spanish word for sea. This special stone reminds me of the color of the ocean in some tropical areas.  It is so lovely to look at and hold; perhaps that has to do with what some say is its power to calm and sooth.  In design, Larimar works well in combination with many other stones, crystals, metals and beads. The pendant shown here can be purchased this week at an incredible savings to you, our friends and followers. It was just reduced by $10, and on top of that you can use our current 'Thank You' code of 80631 for another THIRTY PERCENT OFF at checkout for additional savings!

 

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