This set of Zeus pocket prayer beads in blue goldstone 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. Joining the string is a pendant, a symbol representing the god: the lightning. Zeus' weapon was the lightning bolt, which he hurled at those who deserved punishment. He created storms by shaking his aegis.
The deep blue color of the beads represents Zeus' power as a god of sky and thunder while the specks of gold are reminiscent of lightning against the night sky.
It is made with 10mm blue goldstone 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 10.5" (26.6cm) 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 Zeus, 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.