Teardrop White Magnesite Strand, 15 mm, Item JE35
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.
These polished teardrop white magnesite nuggets would make a great statement piece! Magnesite looks very similar to turquoise and is sometimes referred to as “white turquoise”. It takes color well, and can be easily dyed. The color of these beads vary from a soft bone white to cream, accented by brown to almost black veins.
Bead Size: 15mm wide, 20mm long, 4mm thick
Strand Length: 12 inches (30 centimeters) 46 beads per strand
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.
“Magnesite is a mineral, magnesium carbonate, that has the same crystal structure as calcite. It usually forms when magnesium-rich rocks, such as serpentine or dolomite, are exposed to carbon dioxide-rich water. Magnesite has the same hardness and texture as turquoise and marble. It has a dull luster to it, sometimes looking like unglazed porcelain. The most common color is white although the mineral can also be colorless, yellow, gray, tan or pink.
Metaphysically, magnesite is said to bring deep peace when worn while meditating or relaxing. It encourages a positive attitude to life. Promoting tolerance, it is believed to allow the wearer to accept the self and to take others for who they are without the desire to change them.”
Visit our Etsy shop for more beads and other tribal jewelry and textiles!
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.
Recognizing that these strands are more expensive than the dyed and commercial stones that flood the market these days, we encourage our customers to think of buying with other friends and splitting the strands or to buy quantity in order to save on shipping.
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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. We have a huge inventory of handmade crafts from around the world.
Our gallery is at 626 Broadway in Paducah, Kentucky, USA. We have a nice selection of beads and smaller items on Etsy: Visit us!
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. We have lots of photos of our gallery on our Facebook page and you can look through them and contact us if you see something you want to know more about.
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