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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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 Larimar Pendant NecklaceLarimar is a form of blue Pectolite, a mineral displaying patterns of blue, blue-green and white.  It was discovered in the 1970's and is only found in the Dominican Republic and near the Carribean Sea.  It actually reminds me of the color of the ocean in some tropical areas.  It is so lovely to look at and hold; perhaps that has to do with what some say is its power to calm and sooth.  Its mystical attributes, should you subscribe to them, include the ability to help one see and release oneself from unhealthy bonds to people or principles which do not serve one's highest good.  It is also said to help relieve stress and anxiety.  Whatever your beliefs about the power aspects of stones, this is without doubt a very special semi-precious gemstone.  It works well in combination with many other stones, crystals, metals and beads. <p>The name "Larimar" comes from a combination of Larissa and Mar and was given to the stone by a Dominican who named the stone after his daughter Larissa, and Mar, the Spanish word for sea. <p>My favorite Larimar necklace on our Etsy.com site is a handcrafted piece.

 

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