Hand Carved Pearl Wooden Double Wrap Bracelet with Garnet, Pyrite Skull and Sterling Silver Ganesh Amulet

        • Hand Carved Pearl Wooden Double Wrap Bracelet with Garnet, Pyrite Skull and Sterling Silver Ganesh Amulet
        • Macrame clasp adjusts from approx. 16" -19.5" Long
        • Wooden Bead Size Approx. 12mm, Carved Pearls 10mm
        • Strung on durable nylon cord with adjustable macrame clasp.
        • The gemstone Garnet is the official birthstone for January and is also the stone for the Zodiac sign Aquarius. The name Garnet comes from the Latin word "granatus", which means grain, because many garnet deposits are small grains of red crystals in their host rock. Garnet refers to a group of minerals that can appear in any color.
        • Some of the main Garnet types are: Rhodolite – purple;  Hessonite – brown/orange; Spessartite – red; Mandarine – orange; Demantoid – light green; and Tsavorite – dark green.  The highest-quality Garnets are found in Brazil, China, Kenya, Madagascar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the United States.
        • According to traditional stone lore, red/purple Garnets are associated with love, friendship, and controlling one’s anger; green Garnets with peace and serenity; and orange Garnets with creativity.
      • Pyrite is a metallic mineral that derives from iron.  Because of its color, it has also been given the nickname, “fool’s gold.”  Most Pyrite comes from the United States, although it is also found across Europe. Pyrite is usually found associated with other sulfides and oxides and is found in quartz veins, coal beds and even sometimes in fossils. Despite being nicknamed fool's gold, Pyrite is sometimes found in association with small quantities of gold. Gold and arsenic occur as a coupled substitution in the pyrite structure. Marcasite jewelry, made from small faceted pieces of Pyrite, often set in silver, was popular in the Victorian era and is still manufactured today. Its name comes from the Greek word, “pyr,” meaning “fire.”since it produces sparks when struck by steel or flint. In some French folklore, it is called “Pierre de Sante,” meaning “stone of health,” as it is believed to heal the entire body.  Pyrite is also rumored in stone lore to enhance communication and increase physical stamina.
    • Pearl is the official birthstone for the month of June and is also the birthstone for the Sun Signs of Gemini and Cancer. Pearls have been used for adornment for more than 6,000 years. By 2500 B.C. there was already a substantial Pearl trade in China.  The “ideal” Pearl is perfectly round and smooth, although more often they form in irregular shapes. An organic gem, Pearls are formed inside mollusks such as oysters and mussels. They are formed when an irritant such as a tiny stone or bit of sand gets inside the mollusk's shell. A lustrous substance, called nacre, is secreted around the object to protect the soft internal surface of the mollusk. As layer upon layer of nacre coats the irritant, a Pearl is formed. Light that is reflected from these overlapping layers produces a characteristic iridescent luster. This process of building a solid Pearl can take up to seven or eight years.
    • The most valuable Pearls are perfectly symmetrical, relatively large and naturally produced. The principal oyster beds lay in the Persian Gulf, along the coasts of India and Sri Lanka, and in the Red Sea. Chinese Pearls come mainly from freshwater rivers and ponds, whereas Japanese Pearls are found near the coast in salt water. 
  •  There are many types of Pearls:

    Natural Pearls - made without human interference
    Cultured Pearls- made when a foreign substance is intentionally inserted into a living oyster. This method was first used in 1893. 
    Baroque Pearls - pearls that have irregular shapes
    Biwa Pearls - an irregular shaped pearl which forms in the freshwater of Lake Biwa, Japan
    Blister Pearls - pearls which grow attached to the inside of the shell
    Black Pearls - gray to black pearls
    Freshwater Pearls - pearls which form in fresh water mollusks and resemble puffed rice
    Mabe Pearls - cultivated blister pearls
    Seed Pearls - small, tiny pearls used in Victorian jewelry and sewn on clothing) 
              
    Early Chinese myths told of pearls falling from the sky when dragons fought. Much early folklore mentionsPearls as a symbol of innocence, faith, and charity.
    Handcrafted at Beads of Paradise NYC