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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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bead imageIt's not always easy to determine the best sources of beads, findings and jewelry tools. We hope this list of a few of our favorites is helpful to those just starting out in jewelry design.

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

This is a comprehensive source for beads, findings, tools, jewelry displays of all kinds. Be sure and check your order carefully. Occasionally things are mislabeled and you might need to return or exchange, but they do have great customer service.

Fusion Beads

Although Fusion tends to be higher priced, their beads are unique and very cool. They offer free standard shipping on all orders with no minimum purchase.

Supplies for Hand Made Jewelry

Great selection of vintage style findings and beads. Lots of brass components at this site. Good products, great service.

Evie's Tool Emporium

Wonderful place to get personalized service for jewelry tools. Not only do they have great products and service -- they are wonderful Etsy colleagues as well.

Zeelver Wholesale Silver Jewelry, Beads and Findings

Specializing in Thai and Bali Silver products, Zeelver sells directly from those countries. Shipping is free via registered air mail. You can receive an order within two weeks! Their beads are high quality and beautiful.

MKSupplies on Etsy

Vintage Beads, Czech Glass Beads, Findings and more! Here you can get those hard-to-find beads and findings. They are rated highly on Etsy for good reason.

Cool Tools

You can get precious metal clay and tools on this site, including all kinds of kilns!They also sell cubic zirconia and gemstones that are safe to fire in kilns. They offer free shipping on $150 or more.

Rio Grande Jewelry Supply

A very reliable and quality source for beads, metalsmithing supplies, PMC, Bronze and Copper clay, fused glass supplies, and findings. Rio Grande also takes scrap sterling silver, gold and other precious metals for store credit or cash.

Aunties Beads

We've been pleased with the quality of their items. They have a Beader's Advantage program...for a $30.00 membership, you get 10% off every order and free standard U.S. shipping on every order.

Rings and Things

Great source for unique beads. Shipping of $7.95 flat rate available with insurance included. Other shipping options available. They also have a cool honest gemstone index online, giving the facts on the gemstones they carry.

Dreamland Jewelry

Great source of sterling silver chain necklaces, finding and beads at wholesale prices. No minimum purchase required and $5 shipping. Be sure to get on the mailing list for specials.


They only sell wholesale with a minimum order of $100 -- offering lots of metal items and also tools. Sign up for their coupons that come straight to your e-mail. Great customer service.

Of course we think we're the best supplier of those really hard to find, unique focal beads and pendants for your one of a kind creations. Check us out here:

If you can navigate to New Mexico, you can also check out Natural Stones in Santa Fe. See our previous blog post on them here:

Until Next Time, happy beading!



+1 # sheri M. De Avila 2015-05-28 17:39
Looking for someone who can string beads which have broken. It's a necklace. HELP!!
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0 # Sro 2015-05-28 19:00
Hi Sheri,
Coming up to Santa Fe today and again sometime. If you want to try to hook up, I'll look at them and see what we might be able to do for you. Call me - 505-660-7275. Or email.
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