This set of Hades prayer beads consists of three 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) and the mythic division of the world into three realms--the sea, the heavens, and the underworld. Separating these sections are three hanging pendants, each a symbol representing the god:
Treasure chest - This represents the great wealth that lies within Hades' realm and his role as Ploutos, provider of wealth and abundance.
Crowned skull - a reminder of Hades' role as god of the dead.
Calla lily - The calla lily, a modern symbol of both mourning and marriage, is a particularly apt representation of the role of Hades in myth.
It is made with 10mm smoky grey fire-polished Czech glass beads with an aurora finish, 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 lightweight, supple, and easy to handle. The string itself is approximately 29" (73.7cm) in circumference and can be worn if desired (if you plan to wear it make sure a 29" loop will fit easily over your head, as this piece has no clasp), although it is designed to be used in prayer and meditation, to decorate an altar or shrine, and/or to adorn a statue.
The beads come with a prayer to Hades, written specifically to be used with this prayer bead 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.