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These beads are sometimes called 'Mayan Jade' but are actually a form of marble. They are hand made and drilled in the traditional fashion by contemporary Mayans living in a remote village. Newly made, the stone surface has not acquired the satiny network of light scratches and irregular oblong wear patterns in the openings that gives ancient beads a cache amongst collectors. They aren't heavy, and have a pleasant weight. The beads are a fair trade item and provide an extra source of income.

The Tuareg pendant is at least 25 years old since I bought it back in the 80's. It has a nice, abstract goddess - like shape although I don't think that was the original intent. These large coin silver pendants were originally passed down father to son. Each design represents an oasis and invokes protection from the djinn inhabiting dark, wasteland, and damp places. As the Tuareg were nomadic and traveling long distances across rough terrain, they needed every ounce of protection possible.

Today, Tuareg women wear these pendants as well and creating contemporary versions provides income. These pendants are not to be confused with veil weights, which resemble large keys and are tied to the end of one's veil in order to prevent it from whipping about in the desert winds.

Last photo is a suggestion for combining this necklace with others you may already have. Combining color, size and textures results in a colorful composition with personality and visual impact. And of course, all those necklaces are for sale....!

Sterling silver clasp and adjustable chain at the nape

Ethnocentric Mayan Stone Beads and Tuareg Pendant necklace


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: stone, sterling, coin silver
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