Our bead repository includes many highly prized semi-precious stones – such as our jade repository.
In this collection of 12 round melon-shaped beads – quite unique, because they are encased by two silver tin cap ends and shaped liked a Roman helmet – that would definitely make a stunning addition to the ethnic or boho-style necklace you are planning to create!
Jade beads are popular with beaders bent on creating ethnic-style tribal or boho-style statement jewellery because of their beautiful green colour or how each individual bead has been shaped or carved. The majority of our jade is processed in Afghanistan but comes from the Henan region in northern China.
Sources claim that Jade has long been considered to be the ‘Imperial Gem’ – so utmost respect for the semi-precious stone must be attached to its very being.
Because of the stone’s reverence all over Asia – and throughout the centuries, Jade has been used, not only to create many “utilitarian and ceremonial objects, from indoor decorative items to jade burial suits”, it has been used to create some of the finest jewellery.
Purists also believe jade is both complex and spiritual – with healing qualities which have the ability to help cure kidney and loin ailments.
That said, the round and oval jade stone melons in this collection, have been discounted and now cost $4.50 each; they definitely belong in your jewellery-making box!
The melons allow for the threading of round leather, Tigertail, or craftline (similar to fishing lines).
The accompanying photos illustrate what to expect in your order; please note that some images have been enlarged to show detail.
Please also bear in mind that many of these handmade beads are not new and may contain age-worn imperfections.