This set is made from cracked or ice quartz and has forest green Czech glass. The dazzling ice quartz is sparkly and offers many beautiful rainbows. It makes me think of an icy forest, two of my favourite things. This set is approximately $100, depending on which source has it in stock. This includes insured shipping within US.
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This incredibly abundant gemstone accounts for a whopping 12% of the earth's crust. Quartz is a family of minerals with the same chemical composition (silicon dioxide) and similar physical properties. Some say the origin of the word quartz is the Saxon word querkluftertz, meaning "a cross vein ore," which later was condensed to querertz. However, it also might have been named after the Slavic word kwardy, or "hard," or possibly the Greek word for ice, as the Greeks believed quartz crystal was fossilized ice scientists believed this as late as the 16th century. Quartz's high thermoconductivity, which makes it feel cool to the touch, may have added to this belief. The two varieties of quartz are macrocrystalline (crystals recognizable with the naked eye) and cryptocrystalline (crystals too small to see with a microscope). The first category, macrocrystalline, includes citrine, amethyst, aventurine, hawks-eye, tigereye, and all quartzes pictured below ( ice or cracked, rutilated, rose, smoky, snow, etc.). The second, cryptocrystalline, is more commonly known as chalcedony. However, on the market, the term is generally used only to describe white or lightly colored, nodular or massive chalcedony. All other types of chalcedony are classified by their respective variety name. These varieties include bloodstone, chrysoprase, green prase, agate, and jasper. The most common forms are agate and jasper. Agate is usually translucent and has clearly defined bands and markings, while jasper is generally opaque, more irregular and less defined. Though commonly imitated by glass (see "quartz," entries), true quartz can be distinguished from glass or lead crystal by its birefringence (double refraction) and the minute air bubbles glass often contains. Quartz is also harder than glass.
The use of quartz dates back thousands of years. Roman ladies carried quartz crystal balls to cool their hands in warm weather, and Roman soldiers used it to capture sunlight for cauterizing wounds. Quartz passed for diamonds for many centuries, and some of the superstitions surrounding diamonds actually had their beginnings in quartz. Since the Middle Ages, quartz crystal balls have been used to predict the future. Crafted quartz items uncovered in the French and Austrian Alps indicate the mineral was used there during the 1800s. The practice of burying crystal with the dead has been popular with many cultures over time and still is by some Native Americans. These cultures believe the spirit of the dead lives on in the crystal. Quartz is said to be the universal healing stone, able to clarify what needs to be healed or balanced and assist in the transformation. The crystals are reputed to promote hope, happiness, and optimism, while awakening us to the beauty of nature. Found around the world, the important quartz deposits are in Brazil, Madagascar, Namibia, Ontario Canada, the USA, and the French and Swiss Alps, known for their magnificent large crystals.
Ice quartz is a clear quartz with thin, shiny flakes suspended throughout. The "explosion" inside is created through heat treatment applied to natural quartz.
I have enjoyed making juzu for over a decade. Over the years I have improved the way they are strung and found materials that will hold up for years if they are treated well and never rubbed. I include instructions for care of your juzu when I email you they are on their way to you. I have had a set similar to this for ten years that shows no sign of wear because I am careful with them. I use them almost daily and take them to meetings, and could still sell them as brand new.
The prayer beads SGI members use symbolize various points of Buddhist doctrine. The two large beads represent the principle of kyochi myogo, the fusion of objective reality (kyo) and subjective wisdom (chi). The large bead on the end with 3 tassels represents Shakyamuni Buddha, or subjective wisdom; the other one represents Taho Buddha, or objective reality. The Essential Doctrines of the Fuji Sect compiled by 59th High Priest Nichiko Hori confirms the tradition of placing the beads so that the large bead representing Shakyamuni goes on the right hand and the one representing Taho goes on the left. This placement may be explained by the position of Shakyamuni and Taho in the Treasure Tower. Looking at the Gohonzon, Taho appears to our right and Shakyamuni to our left, but from the Gohonzon's side, Shakyamuni is positioned to the right of the Treasure Tower of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and Taho to the left.
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