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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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Bailey Schreiner Parker started selling jewelry at craft fairs when she was only sixteen years old. She says it was gratifying to see others enjoy her creations. I enjoyed meeting Bailey since she and I share some favorite jewelry-making materials: Sterling Silver, 22k Vermeil, Precious Gemstones, Base Metal, Austrian Crystals, and Wood. 

One inspiration for Bailey's jewelry -- that I wasn't particularly familiar with -- is sacred geometry. This method/belief system ascribes symbolic and sacred meanings to certain geometric shapes and certain geometric proportions. It is associated with the belief that God is the geometer of the world. The geometry used in the design and construction of religious structures such as churches, temples, mosques, religious monuments, altars, and tabernacles has sometimes been considered sacred. One common image is the mandala, a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe. The Mandala has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.

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To the left is one example of Bailey's work -- her 'Spiral of Life' earrings. Other images shown using sacred geometry or other spiritual themes are some of my favorites from Etsy – below (on the right), a gorgeous amethyst lotus from CabrinaChanning, and to the left, a sacred geometry pendant from Bluetribe.amethyst lotus pendantbluetribe

buddha braceletTo the right is another awesome example of Bailey's work – a a little Buddha bracelet. I think the piece has the same sort of 'aura' as Bailey -- elegant, enlightened, and peaceful.

I hope to see more of Bailey's work on Etsy in the future – in her shop BeadedBohemian and here on Facebook. Also, note that she will be at The Wines of the San Juan Harvest Festival in Blanco, New Mexico, September 24th & 25th, 2016.

In the meantime, if you'd like to experiment with the use of sacred geometry in jewelry-making but don't want to tackle making your own complex geometrical design, here are a couple of resources that may be helpful:

Lotus Lazuli Pendants and

psysub on Etsy

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy Lemurian Seed Crystals and Stones for Samhain.

Until Next Time,

Sheila

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+1 # Ellen W Gonchar 2016-09-21 01:43
Delightful post........and so interesting...l ove anything about spiritual jewelry!
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0 # Somclaughlin 2016-09-21 02:29
Thank you so much, sweet Ellen!
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