Moss Agate Magatama Pendant
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- Approx. 2 1/2" long x 1" wide x 3/8" thick
- Magatama are a unique stylized form of prehistoric bead, appearing as long as 15,000 years ago in burial mounds in Korea and Japan. It is speculated that the shape may have originally to represent an animal fang or claw, the crescent moon, a tear or even a whirlpool or eddy in water. It is the last meaning that continued to find expression throughout Eastern Asian culture, in symbols such as the Yin-Yang in Taoism and the Tomoe in Shintoism and Japanese symbology.
- Moss agate is a form of chalcedony with green inclusions in it, caused by the presence of metal. It is a form of Agate which includes minerals of a green color embedded in the Chalcedony, forming filaments and other patterns suggestive of moss.The colors are formed due to trace amounts of metal present as an impurity, such as chrome or iron. It is found all over the world. In ancient times, Roman farmers believed wearing Moss Agates would ensure good crops and to please the gods that bring an abundant harvest. Common folklore rumors Moss Agate enhances concentration and endurance.