Saturday, January 16, 2010
Seed Bead Jewelry- Rosaries
Many seed necklaces are made to use in prayer. The Japanese Buddhists use peach and plum pits, The Neem Tree or China berry was frequently used as a rosary. The Holy Basil seed is sacred in India. Of course, many many people remember the Job's Tears, a popular necklace in the late 1960's. You know, Love Beads. The colored (lacquered) seed bead jewelry is usually made in China. The large dark necklace in the middle is actually rose beads made from a paste of the Rose petals. The Rose has been a native flower for 35 million years. It grows in every state and has been referred to in both the old and new testaments of the Bible. Beads for rosaries were first crafted by Christian Monks. In 1208 Saint Dominic first coined the term "rosary". Our friends at The Essential Herbal have done a blog post on making rose beads.
The Mustard Seed was another seed bead that was popular in jewelry in the 70's. A single mustard seed encased in plastic as a reminder that "If you have the faith of a Mustard Seed, nothing shall be impossible to you". Matt. 17:20