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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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rhodoniteRhodonite is a red or pink gemstone made up of manganese silicate, with gray to black manganese 'veins' that create fascinating, earthy patterns throughout.  Some have called it the 'pink turquoise' because of this designed effect.  It can appear vitreous (glassy, like broken glass or quartz) or pearly (lustrous/irridescent).  It is found all around the world, and in America primarily in the states of New Jersey and Massachusets.  It is also found in Russia, and in fact in Moscow the subway tiles are made of rhodonite.  In fact, the most famous deposits are found in Russia. People in Russia call it the “orletz” which means “the eagle stone” because eagles in the region were discovered to carry small pieces of Rhodonite to their nests. A delightful story about this is that in this same region, people initiated a custom of placing small Rhodonite stones in their babies’ cradles as well.  Not a bad idea for those who follow the belief that Rhodonite has a calming effect, and further -- an ability to help in the fulfillment of one's highest aspirations. I've departed from the usual feature from because I ran across this wonderful sample of Rhodonite jewelry on the Charisma Bolivia site.  See The Bead Collection and our site (  )  for our Rhodonite offering and many other pieces of our fine focal beads and pendants.


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