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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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pearl braceletThe history of bracelets goes back at least 40,000 years! In 2008, Russian archaeologists working in Siberian cave uncovered a juvenile hominin (a hominin is a member of the tribe Hominini, which includes humans and some extinct species) accompanied by a bracelet.

In ancient Egypt, the Scarab Bracelet was common, signifying rebirth and regeneration.

In Bulgaria there is a tradition called Martenitsa, which sometimes involves tying a red and white string around the wrist to please Baba Marta (a mythical figure who brings with her the end of the cold winter and the beginning of the spring) in order for spring to come sooner.

In Greece a similar tradition, weaving a bracelet from red and white string on the first day of March and wearing it till the end of summer, is called "Martis" and is considered to help protect the wearer's skin from the strong Greek sun.

In some parts of India, the number and type of bangles worn by a woman denotes her marital status.

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In Latin America, Azabache Bracelets are worn to protect against the Mal de ojo, or evil eye. The evil eye is believed to result of excessive admiration or envious looks by others. Even newborn babies are fitted with azabaches (gold bracelet or necklace with a black or red coral charm in the form of a fist), as they are believed to protect them from the evil eye.

In the modern world, jewelry artisans bring phenomenal spirit to the creation of bracelets. As throughout history, these treasures can be made of bone, stone, wood, precious metals and gemstones, leather, cloth – the list goes on!

Shown here are just a few that inspired me on the handmade venue Etsy

From top to bottom:

mamisgemstudio's exotic  pearl, shell & lava stone handmade triple-strand bracelet with Bali sterling silver;

applenamedD designed and created this gorgeous sterling silver chain bracelet with brown lava stones and red-rust carnelian beads; and

NaturesnookTreasuresclay bead bracelet' lime green bracelet made from exotic handmade clay beads.

We hope you're as inspired as we were when we saw these! Do you ever make bracelets, or would you like to? We'd like to hear about your creations and/or plans -- Please comment below! And if you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy:

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Until Next Time,

Sheila

 

 

 

 

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