This set of pocket prayer beads in garnet consists 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 god: a caduceus. The caduceus--the herald's staff carried by Hermes--is often confused with the Rod of Asklepios, god of healers, which is a staff wound round with a single serpent. The caduceus, by contrast, is wound round with two snakes and topped with a set of wings. While the caduceus is frequently used as a symbol of the medical field due to this confusion, it is still an appropriate symbol for Hermes as well..
It is made with 10mm dark red garnet gemstone 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 supple and easy to handle. The string itself is approximately 11" (28cm) in circumference and is designed to be used in prayer and meditation, to decorate an altar or shrine, and/or to adorn a statue, although it may be worn or carried loosely on the wrist if desired. 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.