Fan Jadeite Collar Necklace

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  • Regular price $345.00

My Fan Jadeite necklace is hand made through a fair trade/skill-building project to support the indigenous communities of Guatemala. 

Each bead is hand-cut and hand-polished in various shapes. Jadeite is a high-quality Jade available in numerous colors. This necklace has (20) 1" long green speckled fan-shaped  beads  linked with turquoise beads and my hand made Sterling Silver book-design clasp.  It  measures 18" long (9" collar size necklace.)

Guatemala is the home of Mayan jadeite and is found in the remote Motagua Valley quarries. To the Pre-Columbian people of Mesoamerica, jade represented breath, life, fertility, city, and power.

Jade is the term given to two similar gem materials, called jadeite and nephrite. Jadeite is harder than nephrite; it is found in a wider range of colors, from white through various greens to lilac, blue, black, and takes a high polish.  Jadeite is a silicate of sodium and aluminum.