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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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chrysocolla beadsThe first stone ever known for the purpose of communication was Chrysocolla. The very essence of the gemstone is devoted to expression, teaching and self-empowerment. Some say the turquoise blue color in this stone discharges all the negative energies and calms the wearer; creating an environment of truthfulness and allowing wisdom to emerge.

This gemstone ‘called’ to me the first time I laid eyes on it. To me, it felt like gazing into a dark blue and peaceful pool of water – the color is like nothing you will see elsewhere. The stone is sometimes confused with turquoise, as it has some of the same visual qualities – but it is really nothing like turquoise. A 2006 study has produced evidence that chrysocolla may be a microscopic mixture of the copper hydroxide mineral spertiniite, amorphous silica, and water. It is typically found in rounded masses and crusts, or vein fillings.

square chrysocollaThere are also some interesting legends about the stone. For thousands of years, as legend tells it, chrysocolla has been a stone of conciliation and reassurance throughout the world. In ancient Egypt, it was called the ‘wise stone’, as those who wore it generally came up with clever compromises when it seemed there had been a terminal stall in negotiations. It was also thought it would protect the wearer against psychological damage. Lore has it that this stone had the power to make violent people more sensitive and tolerant, which is apparently why Cleopatra carried chrysocolla with her everywhere she went.

chrysocolla and silverIt was also used as a healing stone with native Indian tribes that attributed many powers to it. The name chrysocolla comes from the Greek words ‘chrysos’ which means gold and ‘kola’ meaning glue – because it was used by smiths as a solder when they were crafting gold jewelry. Supposedly chrysocolla was first mined in the legendary mines of King Solomon.

Check out some of the great things our Etsy colleagues have done with the stone – (shown in this post) and be inspired! From top to bottom are:

- A beautiful strand of Chrysocolla rondelle gemstones with sterling silver, by WearJWDesigns;

Square Chrysocolla and Silver Necklace by Willowwindstudio; and

- A stunning Chrysocolla and Spinel pendant necklace in sterling silver, with handmade chain - by BebesBaublesJewelry

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy:

Turquoise: The Science and the Spirit;

Dawn Wink on Turquoise; and 

Lapis Lazuli Gemstone Beads

Until Next Time,

Sheila

 

 

 

 

 

 

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