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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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Shannon Sheila BestOnce again this year we worked at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show. Shannon was there with the awesome shop Natural Stones, while I cruised around in search of new treasures for our Etsy shop BeadyEyedBird.

We picked up some more vintage trade and Czech glass beads and a beautiful Tibetan brass singing bowl for when we need to de-stress, and even found a small sink carved of honey onyx for a powder room we're refurbishing back home.

There were the usual non-jewelry/gemstone delights -- international food vendors, hand-woven baskets, loomed shawls, Mexican pottery and exotic home decor. And of course the usual football field sized tables piled with pearls, armed guards watching over gold and diamond sales, bloody awful traffic and parking, and the camaraderie of folks who are weary from packing and unpacking and selling on their feet all day.

Not surprisingly (if you know us) some of our favorite times were had while out to dinner in Tucson, where we tried some new venues like The Screamery (ice cream), The Hub (hip, with New American fare, like gourmet sandwiches, craft beer and designer sorbet), and the Senae Thai Bistro where we enjoyed spicy Tom Yum soup, fish roasted in banana leaves, and fresh mango with coconut cream sticky rice.

imageWhile we were attending the show, we got word from the pet sitter back home that the cat puked up a rubber band, but on a nicer note the new pup did well at her third session of doggy training school. Also the cat (known to friends and fans as our trusty office assistant Ariel Lucy) also bit our friend when she dropped by to visit, but that's typical of our beloved AL as we like to call her. We look forward to getting home to talk to her a bit about this sort of behavior.

Tomorrow is a 7 1/2 hour drive back to Corrales, which is not the best part of the trip but we will be happy to be back in New Mexico. Arizona is great fun to visit but just not the same as home. For those of you who do the craft show circuit for a living, I'm sure you know what I mean!

If you would like to plan a trip to the gem show, think about next year, as this year's round is almost over. And you might check out our previous article on Preparing for the Gem Show. 

Until Next Time,


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