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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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murano glass heart bead largeThis handcrafted Murano Glass Heart Bead (approx. 15 mm. long) has a gorgeous blend of topaz and brown with a gold swirl -- so pretty and delicate, drilled horizontally across the top, ready for stringing on a delicate gold chain. Just right for a gift to that very special friend, a valentine, or an 'I Love You' gift to yourself! On sale now at our Etsy shop, here: http://tinyurl.com/kqay2jo It's a unique focal bead, and we only have this one -- don't miss your chance, if you think you may want it! (And the price is right!)

 

 

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