This set of Persephone 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 goddess:
Pomegranate - The pomegranate is perhaps Persephone's most important symbol in that it represents her agreement that--having eaten of its seeds--she would spend a part of each year with Hades her husband, and a part on the surface with her mother.
Rose - In her role as goddess of spring, Persephone can be represented by flowers such as the rose.
Skull - A reminder of Persephone's station as queen of the underworld and protector of the dead.
It is made with 10mm light pink 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 29" (73.7cm) in circumference and can be worn if desired, 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 Persephone, 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.
* The Persephone charm is the exquisite work of Fallen Angel Brass (www.etsy.com/shop/FallenAngelBrass).