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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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passing the flame2This beautiful book by Corrina Tettinger takes artisans or prospective artisans step by step through the process of making lampwork beads. As mentioned in my last blog on wedding cake beads, the book was recommended to me by a very talented beadmaker from the Institute of American Indian Arts. I highly recommend the book, if only to study the incredible range of lampwork beads. You can usually find both used and new copies on Amazon.com

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0 # Janis Evans 2013-08-30 12:22
I am a lampworker and I agree that this is a wonderful book. Corina is also a wonderfully generous teacher. I recently took a 2 day workshop with her and I learned so much! A very talented woman and very personable too!
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0 # So mclaughlin 2013-09-01 02:23
Thank you, Janis! Maybe we should do an interview with you! Let us know if you're interested--
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