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Pebbles On The Beach :
Even when I was very young, living in East Anglia and close to the sea, my favourite passtime was beach-combing, to be walking along a beach with sea-worn pebbles and looking for amber, or being amazed by eye-catching pebbles that were perhaps as old as Earth itself.
Perhaps I missed my vocation of being a geologist, in the words of Confucius. ‘Its better to find a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without an imperfection’. Despite the ancient Chinese philosophical saying of both diamond and pebble, it is the sparkling stones of Mother Nature that are prized for their natural beauty that have fascinated humankind for millennia.
We find the precious stones as burial gifts, laid around the deceased with reverence, and the belief attributed to individual gems, such as Red Jasper to strengthen the spectral body on its passage to the otherworld, and Blue Lace Agate associated with soothing the passage between the worlds.
Reference : Jennie Harding & Adele Nozedar.
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