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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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aquamarine beadsThis lovely strand of 22 aquamarine nugget beads (ranging in size from approx. 10 - 20 mm. long) is perfect for your bold natural stone designs or for reshaping into faceted gemstones. Consider as a gift for friends and relatives born in March - this is their special birthstone. Beautiful and hard to find! Price just REDUCED!  (And don't forget to use your Friends & Fans Code of 14123 at checkout for 20% MORE off of the new price.)

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