The overall necklace length is determined by the size of beads used. The beads representing the planets are a size larger than the main background beads.
4mm Black Onyx and Tiger Eye beads make suitable necklaces for men
4mm background beads and 6mm planet beads
A necklace made with 4mm background beads measures approximately 55cm/21½ins. It is shown above in pale green Aventurine beads worn around the neck and also wound around the wrist and worn as a bracelet.
6mm background beads and 8mm planet beads
** Not currently listed in the shop but I intend to offer some in September.
A necklace made with 6mm background beads, shown above in dark blue Lapis Lazuli beads, measures approximately 86cm/34ins in length.
The necklace in the image is one which I made for myself to wear doubled around my neck at a wedding. In September I will be offering necklaces with these beads or with 6mm Amethyst beads). The price of these is considerably higher than that of the 4mm necklaces as larger semi-precious gemstone beads of good quality are more difficult to produce. (Read more about the gemstone beads HERE)
Since the 6mm background beads create a longer necklace, for some people this can also be worn doubled around the neck or wound around the wrist as a bracelet.
How can a necklace be a map?
Astrological chart divided into the twelve signs of the zodiac
Beaded Astrology necklaces do just that! In effect they represent a celestial map of the skies on the day of your birth just as a regular atlas shows a map of the ground.
To learn more about the necklaces and what they represent, read on....
A necklace is circular. An astrological chart is traditionally circular too. There are 360° in a circle. The beads in the necklace represent these degrees.
360 beads would make a very long necklace!
Yes they would. Therefore I use one bead to represent 3° making 120 beads in the basic necklace.
What else does the necklace show?
Each sign of the zodiac takes up 30°. To show these sectors a smaller gold coloured bead is placed every ten beads making 12 divisions in all.
Section of Beaded Astrology necklace indicating what is represented by the different beads.
What about the planets?
This is where the personalisation comes in. The planets are placed in their correct places (to the nearest 2°) according to the position they were in at midday on the day the person was born.
** If the exact time of birth is known this information can help to make the positions of the planet beads slightly more accurate but this information is not essential if it isn't known.
You could also have a necklace made to celebrate any other special event showing the positions of the planets at that time - maybe a wedding or the birth of a child.
The Planets in a Beaded Necklace
In astrology a particular type of influence is attributed to each of the planets. In order to convey this in the necklace each planet is represented by a semi-precious gemstone bead that is believed to have a similar influence in the birth chart to that of the planet it represents.
The planets that will be included in your necklace and the gemstones which represent them are as follows:
Rock Crystal - Sun
Moonstone - Moon
Amazonite - Mercury
Rose Quartz - Venus
Garnet - Mars
Peridot - Chiron
Citrine - Jupiter
Tiger Eye - Saturn
Aventurine - Uranus
Lapis Lazuli - Neptune
Carnelian - Pluto
Beaded Necklace Presentation
Each necklace comes in a box which has a printed copy of the birth chart inside the lid. This shows the relative positions of the gemstone beads representing the planets in relation to one another.
Example of Beaded Astrology necklace in presentation box with printed chart in lid
Example of a printed birthchart for the beaded necklace N.B The chart shown here is just an example to demonstrate the design and layout. It isn't accurate for the time and place shown.
The clasp of the necklace is, wherever possible, placed in a section where there are no planets so that the most visible part of the necklace when worn will show as many of the gemstone planets as possible.
*Please note, however, that the position of the planet gemstones is determined by the actual positions of the planets in the sky on the day of birth so is beyond my control. Therefore although some necklaces will show planet beads spaced at fairly regular intervals, others may have several bunched up together. That's what makes a birth chart personal and unique to those born in that place on that day.
Significance of gemstones and planetary meanings
As anyone with an interest in astrology will know, each of the planets is believed to be endowed with specific meanings and significance.
Gemstones too are recognised as having specific powers and meanings.
When deciding which gemstone would represent each planet in the creation of the necklaces I considered these traditional meanings carefully.