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jade newThis is a lovely hand-carved pendant of natural Nephrite Jade from New Zealand. Maori designs carved in jade are steeped in religious and spiritual belief. They tell stories of ancestors long lost, depict spirits from the heavens, earth, and underworld, show historical lineage and paint images of the natural world that surround and surrounded them. They are no doubt beautiful, but they’re more than a form of art. For Maori they create a strong connection with their ancestors and the natural world they live in. It was believed by Maori that as a carving was worn against the skin it absorbed some of that person's essence. As carvings were passed down through the family they absorbed essence from each family member, creating a direct ancestral connection through the necklace itself. This is one reason why Maori design is so special, it is more than just an art form.

This special piece measures approx. 70 mm long (approx.. 2 3/4") x approx. 35 mm. (just shy of 1 1/2") at its widest point. Thickness is approx. 3 mm. Hole at top for hanging is approx. 2 1/2 mm. wide.

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malachite pendantMalachite is such a beautiful stone, with its striations and layers of deep green, blue-green, blue, and lighter green -- a stone that can stand on its own as an exquisite natural work of art, or paired with stones or beads of complimentary colors.  This beautiful example by Ronald Ouch -- featured on Etsy.com -- shows just one of the many creative possibilities.  Malachite was used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans for jewelry, amulets, and even cosmetics.  The stone is mined in Chile, Zaire, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, the Eurasian Eural mountains, and Arizona.  Artists and miners must use great caution when cutting, carving or breaking malachite, as the dust can pose a serious health hazard.  Interestingly, the stone is associated with healing; it is thought to increase vitality, support tissue repair, and is recommended for inflammation, arthritis, Digestion and detoxification.  Stone mystics also assert that malachite is one of the most important stones for protection from negative energies.  Whatever one may believe about the stone's power, there is no doubt that it is an absolutely unique and stunning semi-precious gemstone -- well-suited for your one-of-a-kind creations.

 

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