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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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shell bead SMALLThese African shell beads are increasingly rare, prized by collectors of trade beads. In Mauritania, they are carefully matched and worn on their own and in combination with glass beads. Such beads are more popular and collectable than ever. Thousands are in private collections around the world. The African Traders are having to go deeper and deeper into Africa to find more of these beads, and many styles which were readily available just 5 years ago are no longer seen today. Click the "Buy Items on Etsy" button on this web site to learn more about them.

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