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These juzu are labradorite with soo chow jade Bodhisattva beads, blue goldstone kyochi myogo beads, and royal blue jar beads. I found these fabulous new marbles for the kosen-rufu bobbles, aurora borealis white and aurora borealis light blue. Please email me to confirm availability and price. The rainbow effect of the labradorite is best viewed in the sun, or other bright light.

Labradorite, aka Black Moonstone, Spectrolite, Falcon's Eye
This gemstone is a sodium-rich variety of plagioclase feldspar found in igneous or metamorphic rocks. When light strikes labradorite from a particular direction, it may display striking rainbow-colored reflections (violet, blue, green, yellow, orange and red) known as labradorescence or schiller. It has been described as looking like gasoline lying on water or the delicate wings of a tropical butterfly. It is considered to be a rare form of moonstone.

Labradorite officially was discovered on St. Paul Island in Labrador, Canada, in 1770. However, pieces of the gemstone also have been found among artifacts of the Native Americans in Maine. During the 18th century, labradorite became one of the stones frequently used in jewelry in France and England.

Labradorite is said to detoxify the body and slow the aging process. It is also believed to elevate consciousness and protect a person's aura, helping to keep the aura clear, balanced, protected and free from energy leaks. Many say the stone heals mental confusion and indecision. Labradorite is found in Labrador (Canada), Madagascar, the Ukraine, Australia, Mexico, Norway and the USA

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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