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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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heart locketValentine's Day was first associated with romantic love in the Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love was in full swing.  The day evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confections, and sending greeting cards known as valentines.  Cards are nice, but we also recommend you celebrate the day by making/buying, and giving Valentine's Day jewelry, as shown in this inspired piece by  Kriya Designs (from Etsy.com).

The Bead Collection has a number of special focal beads and pendants for your own creations -- check them out at  http://tinyurl.com/bb26baw -- February 14 will be here before you know it!   We'd like to hear from you about your favorite Valentine's Day stories, especially on the theme of giving or receiving jewelry such as this.  Please share!

 

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