*NOTE: I am not currently shipping to Colorado due to the state’s complex new tax rules; if you are Colorado-based, please contact me directly.
These protection necklaces are made by a dear friend of mine in the Navajo (Diné) Nation. The larger beads are called “ghost beads” and are made from the seeds of juniper (cedar) trees after the fruit has withered away. She looks for trees that produced good seeds, where birds have pecked out one end of them. Sometimes it takes a bit of searching to find a good tree. Then she uses a leather needle to punch out the opposite end and cleans the inside of the beads. She strings them generously on 15-18” strands with tiny glass beads interspersed, and an absolutely gorgeous rainbow of color options.
I love my ghost beads, a string of which I received from her last fall to protect me in my journey back to health. I think they make great gifts for that purpose. I like to wear mine doubled up and clasped in the back. As for men, at my healing ceremony, a Navajo cousin took my husband aside and told him the correct way for him to wear it was as a single, long strand outside the shirt or collar.
These are one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces. I have organized the checkout so you can select your preferred color group. Please feel free to add notes to me about your top choices within a color group (there is a comment field in the checkout), and I will do my best to get you your favorite, but I can’t promise exact matches.
Purchasing a necklace supports my friend’s family, and above all her beautiful beadwork. Thanks so much!
solid red, mixed reds, solid pinks, mixed pinks, oranges, solid yellows, translucent forest green, blues & turquoise, navy blues, purples, pink-purples & cream, earth tones, black, multicolored