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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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Margot ButterflyThe reason Part I of the Margot Guerrera story was entitled 'Margot Guerrera's Earthy Art' is because Margot works a special magic with minerals from the earth. She lovingly collects them, then paints with mineral ochres onto natural bead materials, creating completed works of art for adornment. She talks more about this in detail at:

http://artistsminerals.blogspot.com

Here you will learn about her adventures in the arts and minerals world. Linked to that blog is her second etsy store of mineral art supplies http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtistsMinerals/.... and there you can also find her tutorials and instructional & documentary videos on supplies!

Margot is passionate about the story of mineral paints; over the years, she 
has been surprised that so many do not understand where they come from. What she knows and teaches is that almost all colors have a natural place where they have come from in or on the earth. The brighter the color, the more it was likely 'heated' to increase vibrancy and attractiveness. Some colors are lab created, meaning they are a mineral that is enhanced chemically. This is the case for the color 'Prussian Blue', which is historically the first modern synthetic. The beautiful colors used for the butterfly bracelet above and this hummingbird pendant are completely natural mineral ochres -- so delightful!   

hummingbird pendant

You can find out more about Margot and her art at http://margotguerrera.blogspot.com

Finally, she is currently building a portfolio of "vignettes" on http://www.flickr.com/photos/mlgminiarts/sets

Check her out!

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