Baltic amber spikes with rare vintage hand-carved Chinese olive pit beads. Necklace measures 24" in length with Italian gold chain with bronze toggle clasp. . Amber spike beads are quite unusual and the two Chinese hand carved beads date to the 1950s.
The two carved beads are from the pits of the Chinese black olive which are naturally hollow and have a rich brown color.Each olive pit is carved with a Lohan (Arhat) head which represent two of the 18 immortals and are often used in Buddhist malas. Look at the detail in the faces!
In Theravada Buddhism, the Arhat, Arahat or Arahant, translated into Chinese as Lohan, is one who has followed the Eightfold Path and has achieved deliverance of this earthly existence. He has reached "the other shore" and is saved for all eternity. In him the asavas - the craving for sensual pleasures, earthly existence, ignorance and wrong views - are gone. He is subject to no more rebirths and karma.
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Refund & return policy
Jewelry can be returned within 3 days of purchase if undamaged and in original condition. I can make modifications to lengthen necklaces if needed.
I am a founding partner of Artisan Gallery 218, an artist-owned contemporary fine art gallery in Historic Valley Junction. We represent over 40 Iowa artists and have a wide variety of art to purchase on-line or in-store. We offer curb-side pickup and shipping on a number of items.
I am a mad scientist as well as traditional jewelry maker, using electricity and acid to form copper around organic creatures, other treasures, and use natural stones and crystals to create wearable art.