This Iris prayer bead bracelet in rainbow Hemalyke consists of twelve beads, representing the Greek dodecatheon of twelve gods; there are many more than twelve Greek gods, but most cities had their own group of twelve. At the end of the string is a pendant, a symbol representing the goddess: the rainbow; there is no better symbol of Iris, messenger of the gods and goddess of the rainbow.
This piece is a smaller, more easily wearable version of my pocket prayer beads and comes with the same prayer.
The bracelet is made from 8mm rainbow Hemalyke (artificial hematite) 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 supple and easy to handle. It is 8 inches (20.3cm) long with a 2-inch (5cm) chain to adjust for size and fit; it adjusts from 8-10 inches (20.3-25.4cm) in length and fits most wrists from 7-9 inches (17.8-22.9cm).
The bracelet is designed to be worn and used in prayer or meditation, but may also be used to decorate an altar or shrine, or to adorn a statue.
The beads come with a prayer to Iris, 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.