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Sunday, March 7, 2021

NINE

The number 9 is more than 8 and less than 10. Nine is the square of 3. That means if you multiply 3 times 3 you get nine. Nine is the highest single digit number. In some forms of mysticism 9 has been called the number of magic, of completion, of wisdom, or of heaven. Nine represents Brahma in Hinduism. The ancient Romans wrote IX for nine. Roman numerals like IX are still used today to number chapters in books.

You can find the mysterious handcrafted glass pendant pictured above at NINE - Pendants and Focal Glass Beads (beadshaper.com)

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Friday, March 5, 2021

BARBARA

The name Barbara is of Geek origin and means “stranger.” It was popular for newborns in America in the first half of the 20th Century but has declined recently. It is still popular for newborns in Eastern Europe. Some famous Barbara celebrities are Barbara Walters (born 1929), Barbra Streisand (born 1942), Barbara Eden (born 1931), Barbara Hershey (born 1948), and Barbara Bach (born 1947). A recent Barbara is a Hungarian model named Barbara Palvin (born 1993).

You can see Barbara Bluefish on the Beadshaper website at BARBARA BLUEFISH - Fashion Fish Lampwork - Handcrafted Lampwork Glass Beads, Pendants. (beadshaper.com)

You can see her sister, Brianna Bluefish, at BRIANNA BLUEFISH - Fashion Fish Lampwork - Handcrafted Lampwork Glass Beads, Pendants. (beadshaper.com)

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

CLEOPATRA

Cleopatra VII was part of the Ptolemy royal family of Egypt during Roman times. The Ptolemies were descendants of Macedonians who ruled Egypt after the death of Alexander the Great. Cleopatra ruled Egypt together with her father, later her brothers, and finally her son. She was known for her cleverness and beauty. She cemented her rule over Egypt by having an affair with Julius Caesar resulting in a son who became officially her co-ruler. After Caesar was assasinated, she had an affair with Marc Antony resulting in more sons. Marc Antony and Cleopatra fought a war with Augustus Caesar over the control of the Roman Empire. Marc Antony and Cleopatra lost the war and both independently committed suicide. The son of Caesar and Cleopatra was later killed by the Romans which ended the Ptolemaic dynasty. Egypt then was incorporated as a province in the Roman Empire.


You can visit Cleopatra Carp on the Beadshaper website at
CLEOPATRA CARP - Fashion Fish Lampwork - Handcrafted Lampwork Glass Beads, Pendants (beadshaper.com)

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Monday, March 1, 2021

GRETA

The name Greta is the diminutive of Margareta and is of German and Scandinavian origin. It means pearl. Famous women with the name Greta include Greta Garbo who was a famous Swedish American movie star in the 1930s and 1940s. A more recent personality with the name Greta is Greta Thunberg, a Swedish environmental activist born in 2003;

You can find a Beadshaper Fashion Fish handcrafted lampwork glass bead named Greta at GRETA GREYFISH - Fashion Fish Lampwork - Handcrafted Lampwork Glass Beads, Pendants (beadshaper.com)

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

OCTAVIA

The name Octavia is of Latin origin and means the eighth. It was used to name the eighth daughter in the days when large families were popular. A number of women in Roman noble families were named Octavia, for example the wife of the emperor Nero. Nero later divorced Octavia to marry his mistress Poppea.

You can find a Beadshaper Fashion Fish handcrafted lampwork glass bead named Octavia at OCTAVIA ORANGEFISH - Fashion Fish Lampwork - Handcrafted Lampwork Glass Beads (beadshaper.com)

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Friday, February 26, 2021

NAOMI

The name Naomi is of Hebrew origin meaning pleasant. Naomi in the Bible was an Israelite woman who migrated with her husband and son to Moab. While in Moab, Naomi’s son married a Moabite woman named Ruth. After that, Naomi’s husband and son died leaving both Naomi and Ruth widows. When Naomi decided to return to Israel, Ruth being loyal to her mother-in-law, offered to go to Israel with her saying the famous phrase “whither thou goest.” Ruth later became the grandmother of King David, and Naomi was his great grandmother.

You can find a Beadshaper Fashion Fish handcrafted lampwork glass bead named Naomi at Fashion Fish Lampwork - Handcrafted Lampwork Glass Beads, Pendants. (beadshaper.com)

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

GARDEN OF EDEN

The Garden of Eden is mentioned in the Book of Genesis in the Bible as well as elsewhere. It is described as an idyllic place where the first humans, Adam and Eve, lived with immortality until they were tempted to sin by eating the forbidden apple and then became mortal. There are various ideas about where Eden might have been although one could say there is no specific location if one considers the story of Eden to be allegorical rather than historical. The ancient Hebrews probably placed it somewhere east of Mesopotamia although that is not clear. In relatively recent times the Mormon religion, which is very North American centric, placed it in Missouri. Wherever the location or if there was a location, the story of Adam and Eve and their expulsion from Eden was a way for the ancients to explain human mortality, a problem that has bothered people from before the dawn of history and even today.

You can find the floral garden pendant bead pictured above at http://www.beadshaper.com/detail?item_id=43062&category_id=1764