This set of Hermes pocket prayer beads consists of twelve beads, to represent the Greek dodecathon 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 god: the winged sandal. Hermes was frequently depicted wearing such sandals, a reminder of the speed with which he can act in our lives.
The quicksilver color of the beads represents the god's quickness of wit and fleetness of foot.
It is made with 10mm silver-colored fire-polished Czech glass 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 lightweight, supple, and easy to handle. The string itself is approximately 11" (27.94 cm) in circumference and is designed to be used in prayer and meditation, to decorate an altar or shrine, and/or to adorn a statue. The small size makes it easy to keep on hand in a drawer, a purse, or a pocket.
The beads come with a prayer to Hermes, written specifically to be used with this prayer bead design, 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.