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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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skull beadThis exotic carved boxwood bead (approx. 20 mm.) was made in the tradition of Japanese Ojime beads of the 16th century. (See previous  blog post and comments for more fascinating info on Ojime beads.) In Japan, the skull is a positive representation of the natural life cycle. It may also represent change, which makes sense, as death is the greatest change one can experience. For our friends & followers only, use Coupon Code 14123 for 20% off this cool bead, and anything else in the shop!

 

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