This Ariadne prayer bead necklace consists of two groups of twelve beads, to represent the Greek dodecatheon of twelve gods; there are many more than twelve Greek gods, but most cities had their own group of twelve. Joining the string is a pendant, a symbol representing the goddess: the labyrinth. In myth Ariadne assisted Theseus in navigating the labyrinth in order to defeat the Minotaur; as mistress of the labyrinth she knew it well.
It is made with 10mm milky amethyst gemstone beads, separated by silver-toned metal spacer beads, and glass seed beads to provide a comfortable transition from one bead to the next and to make the piece supple and easy to handle. The string itself is approximately 19.5" (49.5cm) long and closes with a snake-shaped toggle clasp. The necklace is designed to be worn, although it may also be used in prayer and meditation, to decorate an altar or shrine, and/or to adorn a statue if desired.
This piece is intended as a wearable set of usable prayer beads, and can therefore function as a portable shrine as well as devotional jewelry, or it may simply be worn as a subtle reminder of the goddess' presence.
The necklace comes with a prayer to Ariadne, written specifically to be used with this prayer necklace design (you can, of course, use the beads with any prayers, or for any god or gods, that you choose or that resonate with you) and with a cotton muslin bag for storage.