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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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A is for Agate, in this case, Moss Agate, which is a type of quartz, with some of the best coming from India.  It is not technically a true Agate, because it isn't 'banded', or 'striated' with stripes moving horizontally across the stone.  In India, beads are closely tied to religion; Hindu code mandates the wearing of certain jewelry for specific occasions.  The wearing of beads conveys status and wealth, and the beads are believed to have protective powers. Moss Agate is a stone that would be helpful to almost anyone.  It is excellent for healing, including healing from addictions.  It can also assist in bringing goals to completion, or fulfilling one's intentions.  In India, beads are closely tied to religion; Hindu code mandates the wearing of certain jewelry for specific occasions.  The wearing of beads conveys status and wealth, and the beads are believed to have protective powers.  See just one example of how a talented beader/jewelry designer can transform a simple stone such as a Moss Agate into a beautiful creation, at Silver Sage Arts:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/103031533/carved-jade-moss-agate-and-sterling?ga_search_query=moss%2Bagate

 

 

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