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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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amethyst necklaceThe birthstone assigned to those with the Aquarious zodiac sign (January 20 - February 18) is most commonly the Amethyst, that gorgeous stone known for its rich, clear violet to purple color.  This is a member of the quartz family, and throughout the ages has been highly valued and associated with royalty. 

Amethyst is reputed to have the healing property of helping the wearer overcome alcoholism and other addictions, since it is seen as a stone of purification.  Some feel that it even has the ability to create a protective shield that helps to rid a person of negative influences and attachments.  Others believe it can assist with the healing of headaches, insomnia, arthritis, pain relief, circulatory system issues, and general healing. 

Remember the poems I mentioned about birthstones from the Gregorian calendar?  The one for February is as follows:

The February-born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they an amethyst will wear

In ancient Rome and Greece, amethyst was fashioned into vellels or worn as an amulet against drunkenness. In Egypt it was used to make beads and amulets, and has been used throughout history, as its 'vibration' is thought to be so beneficial.  Some even feel it can help develop one's psychic abilities, by impacting the energy of the brain and thought process. 

Whatever you do or don't believe about the nature of such stones, crystals and gemstones, there is no doubt that this is one of the most entrancing.  This vintage necklace from the late 1800's (from the Etsy.com site 'Myvintagediamond') is an exquisite example of what can be done with amethyst beads.  We're happy to say we just sold the lovely amethyst beads we had featured on our own Etsy site, http://tinyurl.com/atcs2p3  -- to an artisan in Australia!  We'll be getting more soon, so stay tuned!  We'll also list them here on the main web site, and stand ready to advise you on the many creative ways this wonderful stone can be used. 

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