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Sept 21, 2011

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Looks like we're all settled in now, and filling the shop with the old favourites as well as new items. 

The new beads today are all Anglo-Saxon beads, either 'sword beads' which are a type found in male graves and associated with a sword as a talisman or good-luck piece.  Some discussions also promote the concept of them as healing stones. 

Individual beads from female graves can be amuletic in purpose, for continuing health or prevention of disease. Many of them are found in positions that would indicate they were attached individually to the belt, kept in a pouch at the belt or worn on a cord around the neck.  As there is no way to state exactly how they were worn, the best guess is that they were kept handy, similar to worry beads or a good luck charm. 

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