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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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tourmalineI mentioned Watermelon Tourmaline in an earlier blog post and we'll revisit it now.  There are so many types of the special gemstone Tourmaline -- all gorgeous in their own right:  Black, Pink, Red, Green, Blue, Golden, Brown--and even a "Tourmalined Quartz", a clear Quartz with thin crystals of Black Tourmaline running through it.  They all deserve their own special post and we'll get to them someday, but today's focus is my favorite, the Tourmaline that has pink centers and green edges, and is most found in Brazil, Africa, and the U.S.  I'll dive right into the spiritual aspect of Watermelon Tourmaline since it's so delightful -- like Watermelon the fruit!  It is said to awaken the "higher heart", the "seat of the soul", and to awaken unbounded happiness and joy.  It is also believed to heighten the perception of beauty -- and why not?  Look at this incredible example from the site of Fizzcandy.  The name tourmaline actually comes from the Sinhalese word 'turamali', which means "stone with mixed colors". Tourmaline is created in volcanic activity -- a hypothermal process that involves water from hot magma as well as rainwater. 

Beaders amd jewelry designers, check out our wide selection of unique focal beads, gemstones, charms and pendants here at The Bead Collection, and also on our own Etsy site:    And for those who would rather not do their own beadwork, don't forget we can do custom work for you at just pennies on the dollar of what many high-end jewelry stores would charge. Contact us via Facebook or to inquire about options and services.




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