Prayer Beads Spring 2015

This collection can be purchased at http://www.tejthompson.com

 

Mother of Pearl mala beads with sterling silver tassel

Mother of Pearl mala beads with sterling silver tassel
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Prehnite Mala with Ethiopian cross

Prehnite Mala with Ethiopian cross
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Amazonite Mala with sterling and apatite tassel

Amazonite Mala with sterling and apatite tassel
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Amazonite, Labradorite and Sterling Mala

Amazonite, Labradorite and Sterling Mala
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Faceted Moonstone Mala with Sterling Silver tassel

Faceted Moonstone Mala with Sterling Silver tassel
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The Bar Collection – for your neck

I love this look and feel of this collection…  at 16″ in length, the focal piece sits just below your clavicle, and gives off a slightly Asian suggestibility… particularly with the first one, the Solar Quartz stone.   To me it’s slightly reminiscent of a gong, without the pearl.

Brass Links with Solar Quartz and Cultured Fresh Water Pearl.  16"

Brass Links with Solar Quartz and Cultured Fresh Water Pearl. 16″
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Double-sided Carved Wood Bead on Brass Links with Pearl Drop. 16″
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Two Fresh Water Pearls on Brass Links. 16″
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Double-sided Himalayan Turquoise Bead with Pearl Drop on Brass Links. 16″
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Double vertical drop cultured fresh water pearl necklace. 16″
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I can’t wait to develop the rest of the collection, so come back in a day or two to see what else gets posted.

And with all my brass, rest assured, it shan’t tarnish.   I put a clear, protective lacquer coating on it that you can’t see and you can’t feel.  Your jewelry should stay shiny and gold without needing any extra polishing.

Africa – Grouping 1

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This piece has the patron St. Isadoro (Spain) charm, (representing Isadore the farmer, Isadore the laborer/field hand), patron saint of the crops, and of agriculture. I was especially drawn to this piece because of my intense interest in the labeling of GMO foods… specifically, to date, corn,  High Fructose Corn Syrup, canola, soy, cotton and sugar beets.

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African seed beads and om charm with lapis stone

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African beaded necklace

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African beads with American crafted Love charm

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African beads with Heart/love cross

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African beads with 5 pointed star

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Afghanistan Influence

The first time I went to a bead show, I was taken with the details and embellishments of the Afghanistan wares.  Everything from the belly dancing belts to nomadic necklaces, the lapis and the turquoise, had me smitten.  I brought home some pieces, took them apart, and put them back together in my own way.  From the way this collection turned out, I’d say my rock ‘n roll roots come through pretty loud and proud!

This collection was put together in 2010

This collection was put together in 2010

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2011.  Necklace with lapis lazuli, copper and brass beads and charms.  Sourced from Afghanistan.  16"

2011. Necklace with lapis lazuli, copper and brass beads and charms. Sourced from Afghanistan. 16″

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Prayer Beads – Grouping II

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2011. Faceted vintage Czech beads, sterling silver marker and spacer beads, spectrality and sterling tassel.

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2011. Faceted amethyst, turquoise marker beads, sterling silver spacer beads and tassel.

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2011. Turquoise and amethyst with brass spacer beads and antique Tibetan amulet.

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2011. Pagan Prayer Beads: faceted amethyst and agate with brass & sterling bumble bee charm for guru bead.

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2013. Faceted labradorite, smooth round aquamarine, sterling silver spacer beads and double sided Aum/Buddha charm for guru bead.

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2013. Faceted labradorite, smooth round aquamarine marker beads, sterling silver spacer beads and double sided Buddha/Aum charm for guru bead.

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2010. Smooth round moonstone, sterling silver marker beads and sterling mezuza as guru bead.

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2010. Smooth round labradorite, spectralite marker beads, sterling silver spacer beads and a sterling tassel.

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2010. Faceted amethyst, smooth round jade, sterling silver spacer beads. Double sided charm with Green Buddha in jade on one side, and White Tara, in sterling, on the other.

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2013. Round labradorite, sterling silver spacer beads, turquoise with sterling Hamsa as guru bead.

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2011. Smooth moonstone, sterling silver spacer beads and silver Buddhist scroll with paper prayer insert “Om Mani Padme Hum”

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2011. Faceted mother of pearl, sterling meadow flower charms and tassel. Knotted.