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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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clear quartzQuartz is made up of minerals -- specifically, silicon dioxide or silica, most often found on the earth's continental crust.  Its crystal system can take many forms, with some of the most beautiful forming a glassy, transparent/translucent composition.  The term 'quartz' originated from the Slavic word for 'hard', and it is indeed a hard stone.  There are many colors of crystals, and my favorites are the clear colors:  amethyst (lavender), citrine (lemon), rose (pink), and tourmaline (mixed colors -- including my very favorite, watermelon tourmaline, which is green and pink).  Quartz crystals have been referred to as the "ice of the gods", and have been used throughout the ages for healing or magical purposes.  To many, they serve as symbols of beauty, health and power.  Clear Quartz especially is thought to bring heightened spiritual awareness to whoever wears, carries or meditates with it.  This gorgeous example from Etsy.com was handcrafted by Karen at BeautifulFeelings.  Check out our Etsy site for one of my favorites in our holdings -- delicate amethyst teardrop beads, reading for stringing or fashioning into very special earrings. 

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