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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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beading bookIf you're a beginning or intermediate beader/jewelry designer, you may want to check out a set of cool books compiled by the editors of Bead & Button and BeadStyle magazines: Chic & Easy Beading. There are multiple volumes, showcasing over 100 fabulous jewelry projects. The authors include illustrated basic techniques sections, with all the instructions beginners need to get started on great pieces that are relatively quick and easy. You could put your own spin on any of their basic designs using higher end materials and precious/semi-precious gemstones for a stunning effect.

Here are links to the two volumes I recommend if you want to check them out:

Chic & Easy Beading, Vol. 2

Chic & Easy Beading, Vol. 3

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy some of our previous posts on similar subjects:

Great books on Jewelry Design

Jewelry Making Tutorials

and

Learning to Design and Make Jewelry

Until Next Time,

Sheila

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