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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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Dzi Bead BackFew beads are surrounded by as much myth and mystery as the dZi bead. The authentic agates are found in Tibet, Bhutan, Ladakh, and Nepal, and are believed to be about two thousand years old. Many legends accompany the beads-- that they were not made by man but created by the gods, that they bring luck and ward off evil, that they protect the wearer from physical harm by taking the abuse upon themselves.

Some even say the bead itself will choose its' owner and will not stay with an dzi beads etsyunlucky person! 

 

 

We actually acquired this set of 14 Carnelian replicas in Thailand, but we believe they are every bit as beautiful, with their rich color and traditional etched designs. At the far left below is an image of one set of three originals. We've seen various types from those who know their ancient beads, but we're no experts! We'd love to hear from those of you who may have more information, as we find these to be both beautiful and fascinating.

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy our post on 'Collecting Ancient Beads'!

ancient dzi beads 2Until next time,

Shannon 

 

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+1 # SR Amalia 2014-08-14 11:14
One of our LinkedIn readers was kind enough to comment in that venue, letting us know that sometimes dZi beads go by other names. We researched a bit more and found this GREAT article with more fascinating detail about dZi beads -- check it out!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dzi_bead
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