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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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beaded fan pullsI'm so inspired every day by beaders, artisans and jewelers -- and I thought I'd share just a few examples of work I've seen lately that is so creative and just plain fun! Here's one example:

Stringing beads and broken china to make a pot necklace!  Wow!  And here's another:

Jewels for horses!  Featuring creations for equestrians and the horses they love!  I'd never even even heard the term 'rhythmn beads' (beads that jingle softly to calm the horse) until I saw this.  It makes you want to run right out and get a horse, just so you can do this stuff (maybe that's just me -- just sayin...)

Finally, I was recently on  one of those long phone calls that can happen when you're trying to use frequent flyer points with an airline.  The person helping me was intrigued with my e-mail since it incorporates 'the bead' in the name, and told me about the thing that's all the rage in 'The South' where she lives -- beaded fan pulls!  I've included an image of some lovely ones here -- and here's a site that tells you how to make them.  Nice! 

Happy beading, everyone, and don't forget to share your creative beading projects with us by joining our mailing list at    We want to hear from you about what you're doing, what special beads and supplies you're seeking, and about what inspires you!

If you like this blog post, you might also enjoy previous posts on how beads are even being used in impoverished countries; one example is:  Saving Lives, One Bead at a Time.



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