Magatamas

Magatama beads were historically comma shaped (or, today, with an off centre hole); these beads first appeared in Japan and Korea from the end of Neolithic period and continuing into the Bronze Age and so go back in history a long way indeed; the first ones were precious gemstones carved into a comma shape (for instance, carved in Jade). These beads are often found in ancient mounded graves as precious offerings to gods, and they therefore obviously had important religious and social significance. It is believed that magatama were popularly worn as jewels or used as decoration for weapons; it is variously claimed this type of bead represents water drops, sprouting seeds, flames, or the embryo (and possibly many other symbolic meanings), in addition to their ancient religious meanings (in terms of the beads being carved in stone as mentioned previously). Eventually, in religious terms, over time, the beads were later mostly replaced by Buddhist prayer beads. In contemporary Japan, the magatama beads' shape is an accepted representation of the human spirit and the ancient representation (of a comma shaped bead) is suggested to be one of the the origins of the Yin-Yang Symbol; our Magatama beads are made of glass and are made in Japan, of course.

There are approximately 300 beads in 25 grammes.


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25gr Aqua Treasure Matte Magatama Beads

MG-13, 25gr Aqua Treasure Matte Magatama Beads

25gr Aqua Treasure Matte Magatama Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm. These are a matte aquamarine wi..

£3.75

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25gr Butterscotch Mixture Magatama Beads

MG-18, 25gr Butterscotch Mixture Magatama Beads

25gr Butterscotch Mixture Magatama Drop Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm. ..

£3.85

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25gr Clear Magatama Beads

MG-1, 25gr Clear Magatama Beads

25gr Clear Matsuno Magatama (Drop) Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm...

£3.00

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25gr Crystal Silver Lined Magatama Beads

MG-14, 25gr Crystal Silver Lined Magatama Beads

25gr Crystal Silver Lined Magatama (Drop) Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm. ..

£3.25

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25gr Forest Mixture Magatama Beads

MG-23, 25gr Forest Mixture Magatama Beads

25gr Forest Mixture Magatama Drop Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm. ..

£3.85

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25gr Fuchsia Lined Aqua AB Magatama Beads

MG-4, 25gr Fuchsia Lined Aqua AB Magatama Beads

25gr Fuchsia Lined Aqua Aurora Borealis coated Magatama (Drop) Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm gor..

£3.50

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25gr Garnet Lined Topaz AB Magatama Beads

MG-6, 25gr Garnet Lined Topaz AB Magatama Beads

25gr Garnet Lined Topaz Aurora Borealis coated Magatama (Drop) Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm gor..

£3.50

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25gr Gold Plated Magatama Beads

MG-3, 25gr Gold Plated Magatama Beads

25gr Gold Plated Magatama (Drop) Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm. ..

£4.50

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25gr Green Gold Mixture Magatama Beads

MG-25, 25gr Green Gold Mixture Magatama Beads

25gr Green Gold Mixture Magatama Drop Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm. ..

£4.00

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25gr Ice Blue Matte Magatama Beads

MG-10, 25gr Ice Blue Matte Magatama Beads

25gr Ice Blue Matte Magatama Beads (Drop) Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm. ..

£3.75

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25gr Ice Mint Green Matte Magatama Beads

MG-12, 25gr Ice Mint Green Matte Magatama Beads

25gr Ice Mint Green Matte Magatama Drop Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm. ..

£3.50

Stock: 9
25gr Iced Peach Matte Magatama Beads

MG-17, 25gr Iced Peach Matte Magatama Beads

25gr Iced Peach Matte Magatama Drop Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm. ..

£3.35

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25gr Icy Blue Treasure Matte Magatama Beads

MG-11, 25gr Icy Blue Treasure Matte Magatama Beads

25gr Icy Blue Treasure Matte Magatama Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm. These are a matte pale blue..

£3.75

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25gr Jet Black Magatama Beads

MG-9, 25gr Jet Black Magatama Beads

25gr Jet Black Matsuno Magatama (Drop) Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm. ..

£3.25

Stock: 6
25gr Lavender and Lilac Mixture Magatama Beads

MG-21, 25gr Lavender and Lilac Mixture Magatama Beads

25gr Lavender and Lilac Mixture Magatama Drop Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm. ..

£3.85

Stock: 12
25gr Lavender Blues Mixture Magatama Beads

MG-24, 25gr Lavender Blues Mixture Magatama Beads

25gr Lavender Blues Mixture Magatama Drop Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm. ..

£3.85

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25gr Lemon AB Magatama Beads

MG-15, 25gr Lemon AB Magatama Beads

25gr Lemon AB (Aurora Borealis) Magatama Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm. These are lemon colour w..

£3.25

Stock: 4
25gr Night and Day Mixture Magatama Beads

MG-26, 25gr Night and Day Mixture Magatama Beads

25gr Night and Day Mixture Magatama Drop Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm...

£4.00

Stock: 6
25gr Oceanic Mixture Magatama Beads

MG-27, 25gr Oceanic Mixture Magatama Beads

25gr Oceanic Mixture Magatama Beads ..

£3.85

Stock: 8
25gr Pale Green AB Magatama Beads

MG-16, 25gr Pale Green AB Magatama Beads

25gr Pale Green AB (Aurora Borealis) Magatama Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm. These are light gre..

£3.25

Stock: 4
25gr Pale Rose Treasure Matte Magatama Beads

MG-8, 25gr Pale Rose Treasure Matte Magatama Beads

25gr Pale Rose Treasure Matte Magatama Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm. These are a matte rose pin..

£3.75

Stock: 11
25gr Peach AB Magatama Beads

MG-7, 25gr Peach AB Magatama Beads

25gr Peach AB (Aurora Borealis) Magatama Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm. These are peach colour w..

£3.25

Stock: 13
25gr Seafoam Mixture Magatama Beads

MG-22, 25gr Seafoam Mixture Magatama Beads

25gr Seafoam Mixture Magatama Drop Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm. ..

£4.25

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25gr Silver Plated Magatama Beads

MG-2, 25gr Silver Plated Magatama Beads

25gr Silver Plated Magatama Beads (Drop) Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm...

£4.50

Stock: 14
25gr Smoke Mixture Magatama Beads

MG-20, 25gr Smoke Mixture Magatama Beads

25gr Smoke Mixture Magatama Drop Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm. ..

£4.00

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25gr Smoky Grey Treasure Matte Magatama Beads

MG-5, 25gr Smoky Grey Treasure Matte Magatama Beads

25gr Smoky Grey Treasure Matte Magatama Beads (Drop) Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm. These are a ..

£3.75

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25gr Tango Mixture Magatama Beads

MG-19, 25gr Tango Mixture Magatama Beads

25gr Tango Mixture Magatama Drop Beads these measure approx. 5x4mm. ..

£3.85

Stock: 3
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