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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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red czechThese are fantastic cranberry-red Czech glass beads, perfect for your holiday or every-day designs. Fire-polish beads are one alternative to more expensive gemstone beads; they can provide sparkle and light to a creation that otherwise might be drab. These beads are handmade in the Czech Republic through a process of molding, facet-cutting, and firing in a high-temperature furnace. The process gives the bead a beautiful sheen and scratch-resistant surface. (For more information on Fire-polish beads, see our blog post on this subject, at:
http://www.thebead.net/index.php/the-bead-blog/32-f-is-for-fire-polish-beads

These strands are gorgeous deep red (cranberry) (approx.) 8 mm Rondell Beads. (They are slightly spotted near the holes as shown, in white-gray/black, for a great look with 'depth'.) Each strand has 25 sparkling beads; strands are sold separately at $8.00 each.

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