Aquamarine Bead Strand, 10 mm, Large Nuggets
Afghan Tribal Arts has been importing from Afghanistan and the region since the 1980’s. The focus is on vintage textiles and tribal jewelry as well as new gemstone beads made for jewelry designers. Clicking on the Shop on Etsy button will take you to our shop there where you can see what is currently in stock.
There is quite a large variation in the dimensions of the beads, but most are about 10 mm wide.
Average Strand Length: 18 inches (46 centimeters)
These beads are rough and chunky, very pale with a bluish green tint to them. The amount of iron in the formation determines the amount of blue. The cut areas shine, giving them almost an appearance of broken ice pieces. Each chunk is knotted and the strand can be worn as a necklace, or taken apart for the beads.
Please examine the photos carefully. We have made every attempt to get as close to the color as possible, but different monitors do interpret these colors differently. And, you will notice that the sizes of the beads do vary from strand to strand. Flaws, hairline cracks and uneven finishing is part of this handmade process.
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Aquamarine Properties: (from gemselct.com)
Aquamarine The name derives from the Latin expression for seawater. Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family and is known for its delicate blue or blue green coloring, which accounts for its name. Aquamarine is the birthstone for March. Aquamarine is a popular stone with very good hardness and luster.
Aquamarine location and deposits
The leading producer of aquamarine is Brazil, with many mines spread throughout the country. Other deposits found in Australia, Myanmar (Burma), China, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Zambia, Zimbabwe, as well as in several U.S. locations.
Healing properties of Aquamarine
According to the saga the aquamarine originated in the treasure chest of fabulous mermaids, and has, since ancient times, been regarded as the sailors’ lucky stone. Aquamarine is the birthstone for those born in March.
In Antiquity, as well as in the Middle Ages people believed that the cosmos is reflected in gemstones. No surprise that aquamarine is assigned to planet Neptune. The esoteric movement revived the ancient belief and the gem industry made it another marketing tool to promote certain gems.
The healing powers of gems remain a controversial issue, but are mentioned for centuries by healers, shamans and medicine men. Whether its factual or a placebo effect doesn’t matter, if it helps. The safest approach is to wear the gemstone in skin contact to the troubled part of the body. Aquamarine is said to be of help for arthritis, eye inflammation, sore throat and varicose veins.
Afghan Tribal Arts specializes in handcut, unpolished beads from Afghanistan and the region. Working with artisans directly in the Peshawar region, your purchase helps support small workshops who work in traditions established over centuries in the Silk Road. Afghanistan has great wealth in its natural resources, including an endless variety of semi-precious stones. Unpolished stones take in the oils of the skin with wear and develop a deep patina over time.
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Afghan Tribal Arts
I have been importing from Central Asia since the 1980’s. Afghan Tribal Arts focuses on hand carved gemstones, beads, tribal jewelry, vintage textiles and nomadic carpets. But, we have a huge inventory of handmade crafts from around the world.
Our gallery is at 626 Broadway in Paducah, Kentucky, USA. We are currently revising our website and shop on Etsy, but you can see a lot of what we have on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beadsrugs/photos/
The products you see here are examples of what we have sold in the past. Let us know what you are looking for and we will work with you.
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