Never worked with black, magnetic hematite before, but they look very nice here. These prayer beads are from Full Moon Treasures on Etsy.com. I especially like the textures of the divider and the focal fox-shaped bead. That one is dragon blood jasper. Think I'll consider adding that jasper to my bead inventory.
Came across this bead on Etsy and it just called out to me. I'm thinking this lovely violet would make a focal bead for a delicate strand of prayer beads.
Nature is always a strong theme in my prayer bead design simply because I am so connected with the sacred in the natural world. With so many plants, trees, creatures and elements out there, there is so much to incorporate I'm lucky I don't have to look far to find examples to work with.
This bead is lampwork, handmade in glass. I have always admired these artisans so much. To bring such beauty from essentially sand and heat. Amazing.