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Magatama Beads

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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Clear Magatama Beads
25gr Clear Matsuno Magatama (Drop) Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm.
3.00

MG-1

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Crystal Silver Lined Magatama Beads
25gr Crystal Silver Lined Magatama (Drop) Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm.
3.25

MG-14

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Silver Plated Magatama Beads
25gr Silver Plated Magatama Beads (Drop) Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm.
4.50

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Smoky Grey Treasure Matte Magatama Beads
25gr Smoky Grey Treasure Matte Magatama Beads (Drop) Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm. These are a matte smoky grey with hints of blue, amethyst and green. Pretty.
3.75

MG-5

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Smoke Mixture Magatama Beads
25gr 'Smoke' Mixture Magatama Drop Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm.
4.00

MG-20

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Night and Day Mixture Magatama Beads
25gr 'Night and Day' Mixture Magatama Drop Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm.
4.00

MG-26

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Jet Black Magatama Beads
25gr Jet Black Matsuno Magatama (Drop) Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm.
3.25

MG-9

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Gold Plated Magatama Beads
25gr Gold Plated Magatama (Drop) Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm.
4.50

MG-3

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Butterscotch Mixture Magatama Beads
25gr 'Butterscotch' Mixture Magatama Drop Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm.
3.85

MG-18

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Garnet Lined Topaz AB Magatama Beads
25gr Garnet Lined Topaz Aurora Borealis coated Magatama (Drop) Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm - gorgeous, interesting colours in these.
3.50

MG-6

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Tango Mixture Magatama Beads
25gr 'Tango' Mixture Magatama Drop Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm.
3.85

MG-19

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Lemon AB Magatama Beads
25gr Lemon AB (Aurora Borealis) Magatama Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm. These are lemon colour with an aurora borealis coating.
3.25

MG-15

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Iced Peach Matte Magatama Beads
25gr Iced Peach Matte Magatama Drop Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm.
3.35

MG-17

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Peach AB Magatama Beads
25gr Peach AB (Aurora Borealis) Magatama Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm. These are peach colour with an aurora borealis coating.
3.25

MG-7

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Pale Rose Treasure Matte Magatama Beads
25gr Pale Rose Treasure Matte Magatama Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm. These are a matte rose pink with hints of cream.
3.75

MG-8

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Fuchsia Lined Aqua AB Magatama Beads
25gr Fuchsia Lined Aqua Aurora Borealis coated Magatama (Drop) Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm - gorgeous, interesting colours in these.
3.50

MG-4

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Lavender &Lilac Mixture Magatama Beads
25gr 'Lavender & Lilac' Mixture Magatama Drop Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm.
3.85

MG-21

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Ice Blue Matte Magatama Beads
25gr Ice Blue Matte Magatama Beads (Drop) Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm.
3.75

MG-10

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Icy Blue Treasure Matte Magatama Beads
25gr Icy Blue Treasure Matte Magatama Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm. These are a matte pale blue with hints of aqua and pink. Pretty.
3.75

MG-11

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Lavender Blues Mixture Magatama Beads
25gr 'Lavender Blues' Mixture Magatama Drop Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm.
3.85

MG-24

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Oceanic Mixture Magatama Beads
25gr 'Oceanic' Mixture Magatama Drop Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm.
3.85

MG-27

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Seafoam Mixture Magatama Beads
25gr 'Seafoam' Mixture Magatama Drop Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm.
4.25

MG-22

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Lavender Garden Mixture Magatama Beads
25gr 'Lavender Garden ' Mixture Magatama Drop Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm.
3.85

MG-23

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Fruit Bush Mixture Magatama Beads
25gr 'Fruit Bush' Mixture Magatama Drop Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm.
4.00

MG-25

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Ice Mint Green Matte Magatama Beads
25gr Ice Mint Green Matte Magatama Drop Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm.
3.50

MG-12

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Aqua Treasure Matte Magatama Beads
25gr Aqua Treasure Matte Magatama Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm. These are a matte aquamarine with hints of blue and yellow. Pretty.
3.75

MG-13

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Pale Green AB Magatama Beads
25gr Pale Green AB (Aurora Borealis) Magatama Beads - these measure approx. 5x4mm. These are light green colour with an aurora borealis coating.
3.25

MG-16

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