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Pre Columbian Jade Necklace Mayan Period 1000+ Years Authentic Beautiful Color

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Seller: lister2001 (145) 100%, Location: Houston, Texas, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 191998279995 Details: OFFERING FROM ESTATE COLLECTION AN AUTHENTIC MAYAN PRE COLUMBIAN NECKLACE 16" LONG WITH MANY(OVER 57) (A LITTLE OVER $20 PER BEAD) VARIOUS SIZED AND COLORED JADE BEADS/TUBES WHICH WERE HAND POLISHED AND HAND DRILLED BY ANCIENT MAYAN CRAFTSMEN FOR THE ROYALTY AND WEALTHY. CAN SHIP INSURED FOR FREE IN USA. Ancient Mayan Jade JewelryOne especially rare and prized commodity used by the Mayans was Jade. The Mayans found this resource in Guatemala's Motogua Valley. Although metals such as gold and silver were highly valued, jade was held in even higher regard as the Mayans considered it to be sacred and holy and the ultimate symbol of all that is good including eternal love.Many types of jewelry were made from Jade some of which include beaded necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earrings, ear plugs, rings and elaborate headdresses. Exotic shells were often used along with Jade in making certain types of necklaces and bracelets. Because religion was such an important aspect of Mayan culture, it is often reflected in their jewelry. Jade beads often contain religious themes, geometric patterns, animals, flowers, and carved out faces.Jade also had other important uses for the ancient Mayans besides personal adornment. Jade was the Mayans most commonly traded item. The Mayan elite commonly presented jade jewelry as gifts. Jade was also used as an offering to the gods, as trading currency, and sometimes as a treatment for kidney disease. It was used by religious leaders and healers. Jewelry was also used as a means of showing societal rank and social status. Jewelry was also used to reward winners in their popular and sometimes deadly Mayan ball games.There are two types of Jade, they are Nephrite and Jadeite. The one found in Middle America and used by the Mayans was Jadeite, a very hard stone with a blue-green to black color. It is considered to be even harder than steel and since the Mayans did not have metal tools to work with, it was a very labor intensive art form with a great level of skill required. Because of this, Jade was reserved for the very elite. Similar to the Aztecs, only the most important Mayans including nobility, royalty, and the very wealthy owned and wore Jade. (Text is copied, please google more for more info)

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