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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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gold pendantLike a kid, I originally morphed the word Aventurine into something I could relate to better -- ADventurine! And with such a great name, how could I not want to know more about this beautiful, commonly green, gemstone. Once I learned about it, it was such a great story I thought I should share with you.

Aventurine is a form of quartz that has a shimmering or glistening effect called 'aventurescence'. Its name is derived from the Italian a ventura or all’avventura, meaning "by chance," and refers to the Italian glass from the 1700s, produced when a worker accidentally dropped metal filings into a vat of melting glass. Once cooled, the result was pleasing with its randomly spaced iridescent sparkles, and it was used to make jewelry and other items. The name Aventurine was later given to the natural stone which looked like the industrial product. I was relieved to learn that others call the stone Adventurine as well -- and it's also known as Avanturine, Aventurine Quartz, and Indian Jade.

This special rock -- in its green form -- is known as the "stone of opportunity", and is thought by some to be lucky in terms of finding prosperity and wealth. Crystal healers even say it can help you realign your life to bring opportunity and success. One writer of the London Literary Gazette waxed eloquent in 1830 about a beautiful Aventurine vase. He wrote, The peculiar stone out of which it has been wrought renders it unique of its kind -- appearing to be an exclusive product of Siberia. From the transparency and variegated colours of its veins, its crystalline fineness of texture...it bears a striking resemblance to the finest sort of agate...it is in no respect in ferior to the most brilliant opal or jasper of Sicily or the Indies.

arrowheadWhile I don't currently own any Aventurine, researching this has made me WANT some of these precious green beads -- and maybe an ornament such as the gorgeous works shown here from Etsy. If you want to know more about these pieces or artisans, follow these links. The gold pendant Aventurine stone bead necklace is from Etsy's Nogaseeds. The amazing 'arrowhead pendant' necklace with Aventurine beads is from aatelierandrea on Etsy.

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy:

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Moldavite; Stone of the Heavens

Until Next Time......Sheila

 

 

 

 

 

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0 # Jewel Info 2016-08-28 10:38
This is the first time I heard about this gem. And such a nice history of it. Nice blog by the way :)
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0 # Somclaughlin 2016-08-28 13:24
Thank you! And thank you for commenting!!
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