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quartz and silver 2This is a beautiful, clear, natural Quartz crystal and silver pendant to use as a necklace or for crystal healing and insights (or both!). Approx. 35 mm long including bale (or approx. 1 1/2") and approx. 15 mm. (a bit over 1/2") wide. Exclusively for our friends and fans, please remember you can use code 14123 for a 20% discount on this or anything else in the shop!

 

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The Illustrated Bead Bible

Though I'll normally feature more specific information about types of beads/gemstone in this blog, I would be remiss not to use today as a 'B is for BEADS' opportunity, and talk about the general history of beads.  Archeologists and bead historians have affirmed that the use of beads may go back up to 100,000 years ago!  Practices involving beads include body adornment, spiritual ceremonies, currency, art, and enterprise.  From the primitive beads fashioned of bones, tusks, nuts, and more in the Stone Age, to the incredible array of materials used today for beads ranging from the mundane to the sublime (clay, grass, plastic - and gold, diamond, gemstone), woman-kind and man-kind have created an ever-evolving universe of materials, designs, and colors for their creations.  For a phenomenal resource on beads, their types, uses, history, and associated techniques, check out The Illustrated Bead Bible by Theresa Flores Geary, Ph.D.  You can find it on Amazon.com and it's a great investment if you're as fascinated by the world of beading as I am.

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