Astraea Prayer Bead Necklace in Lapis Lazuli: Greek Goddess of Justice, Protector of the Innocent
This set of Astraea (Astraia) prayer beads in lapis consists of four sets of twelve beads each on the loop, each set separated by a larger bead. Joining the string is an additional bead and a pendant, a symbol representing the goddess: a spiral of stars--Astraea's name derives from the Greek for "star" and in myth she became the constellation Virgo.
It is made with 6mm lapis lazuli gemstone beads and gold-toned metal divider beads, separated by gold-toned metal spacer beads, and glass seed beads to provide a comfortable transition from one bead to the next and to make the piece lightweight, supple, and easy to handle.
The loop itself is approximately 33" (83.8cm) in circumference. It is designed to be used in prayer and meditation, to decorate an altar or shrine, and/or to adorn a statue.
The beads can also be worn slipped over the head as a necklace. If you plan to wear it, please make sure a 33" (83.8cm) loop will fit easily over your head, as this piece has no clasp (although it can be made with one if desired--please contact me for information on customization!).
The beads come with a prayer to Astraea, and with a cotton muslin bag for storage. You can, of course, use the beads with any prayers, or for any god or gods, that you choose or that resonate with you.