Hygeia (Hygieia) Prayer Bead Necklace in Blue Agate and Lapis: Greek Goddess of Health and Healing
This set of Hygeia prayer beads in blue agate and lapis consists of four sets of twelve beads each on the loop, each set separated by a larger bead. Joining the string is a pendant: a silhouette of the goddess' symbol, the Bowl of Hygeia, a cup with a snake wrapped around.
PLEASE NOTE that this Bowl of Hygeia pendant, while lovely, is laser-cut and very thin--the edges are sharp and the pointed bits are very pointy. I try to be aware of the tactile nature of prayer beads, and if you like to hold the pendant on your prayer beads in your hand, this may not be very comfortable. If you would prefer a Hygeia necklace with a more traditional mortar and pestle charm (such as the one I use on the pocket beads I make for her) I would be happy to make you one, just let me know.
It is made with 6mm blue agate and lapis lazuli gemstone beads and silver-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 Hygeia, 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.