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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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gold bead earringsGold is the favorite of many -- the shiny precious yellow metal we love to love.  Its malleability and low melting point allows it to be easily manipulated and shaped into beautiful jewelry.  Gold was developed as one of our earliest metals, coming only after iron and bronze and their 'cousins', copper and tin.  'Karats' are a measure of purity; 24 karat gold is the purest.  Gold jewelry can commonly be found in 22, 20, 18, 16 14, 10 and 9 karat forms.  This precious metal can be found all around the world, in nuggets or grains in rocks or geological deposits.  It can vary in color from yellow, also found in white, red, blue, black and even purple, depending on its primary metalic components, with yellow being the most common.  'Found' gold may even contain up to 8 - 10% silver.  Because it is easily scratched or dented, it is often combined with other metals for a stronger alloy; this is the case with what we call 'white gold' (gold with nickel, zinc, palladium or platinum), rose gold (gold with copper), and green gold (gold with silver).  We value gold as one of the earth's most preacious and rare substances, and for cernturies, gold has been used as currency -- often in coins -- and as a measure of value.  The photograph here is one of my favorite samples from the Etsy.com site featuring JuJuDesigns.

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