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jade hookSAVE 20% WITH SAVE20 COUPON for this and anything else in the shop. This is a lovely hand-carved pendant of natural Nephrite Jade from New Zealand. The hei matu, or fish hook, has endured since pre-colonial times (prior to the 18th century) and symbolizes abundance, and a respect for sea. The design represents the special relationship Maori people have with fishing (historically they lived from fisheries and depended on the sea for food gathering) and Tangaroa, god of the sea. Designs range from the ultra-realistic through to more conceptual styles, and wearing one is said to bring good fortune when traveling across oceans.

This beautiful piece measures approx. 45 mm long (approx.. 1 3/4") x approx. 23 mm. (just shy of 1") at its widest point. Thickness is approx. 3 mm. Hole at top for hanging is approx. 3 mm. wide.

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Egyptian burial sites and tombs have contained enormous caches of beads.  "Mummy beads" as they are called consist of glass, gemstone, and brass.  The earliest beads, made of meteoric iron, were found in Egypt as early as 2500 B.C.  Egyptians also made small ceramic beads of clay, resulting in exquisite earth tones of light green, blue, and soft red.  Pharaohs were often buried with a type of beaded netting, covering the face and body. 

There was a delightful 'revival' of the Egyptian style in jewelry in the 1960's.  This is the best discussion I found on the internet of this phenomenon, with some great examples/photos:

http://www.corvusnoir.com/blog/2012/03/vintage-egyptian-revival-jewelry.html

 

 

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