Bodhisatwa is a Sanskirt word for an enlightened and compassionate being in Buddhist teachings. It also is the term used for a 'goddess of compassion'. These sterling silver beads, hand made in Bali, Indonesia depict a serene female face, much like the beautiful bodhisatwas found in traditional Buddhist paintings. I have placed the on the beads handcarved red Coral beads, almost a part of their elaborate hair adornments, and it all dangles from silver- filled tear drop shaped ear wires.
Coral beads have played a significant part in jewelry throughout history. People of many cultures thought that red coral provided protection from fire and violence.
925/10 silver-filled components are an economical alternative to sterling silver components. They are comprised of 10% silver, mechanically bonded to a brass core. This gives the items strength and reduces the tarnishing associated with sterling silver. Length: 1 and 7/8th inches from your piercing.
Bead size: 8 x 14 mm bodhisatwa bead; 6.5 x 8 mm Coral ovals; 3 mm Coral rounds.
Care: Clean with soft fabric, or non-abrasive polishing cloth. Avoid direct contact with perfumes, hairspray, and deodorants. Jewelry should be worn after application of cosmetics. Store wrapped in soft fabric or sealed in plastic bag.
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