Dalmatian Jasper Magatama Necklace
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- Pendant measures approx. 1 1/8" long x 5/8" wide x 3/8" thick
- Natural waxed cotton cord adjusts from 13" to 26" long
- 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.
- Jasper is an opaque form of Chalcedony. It usually comes in shades of red, yellow, brown, and green, although there are rare forms of blue Jasper. It often contains organic material and mineral oxides which give it interesting patterns, bands, stripes and colors. Many of these patterns resemble landscapes with mountains and valleys, thus the name "picture" is part of the name of many well know Jaspers. The name comes from Old French meaning “spotted or speckled,” and it is found all over the world. Jasper was a favorite gem in ancient times, and was believed to be protective, and ward off evil spirits. In folk medicine, it is rumored to be of help for sciatica and troubled toenails.