Git beads - Black Gitten - for a special piece of jewelery!
Git beads (Black gips)
Git is a fossil that in the Jurassic period was created under high pressure in mud from 135 million (!) Year old wood of the araucariaceae tree family. Git beads are found in two forms, the hard Git bead and the soft Git bead, with a hardness of 4 resp. 3 on the hardness scale of Mohs.
History of Git beads
It is hard to imagine, but Git beads have already been found in the dolmens in Drenthe!
In the Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum (Church History of the English) it is already written in 731 that: Britain produces a great and excellent git, a black gem that lights up in fire; set fire to snakes away the snakes and if it is heated by rubbing all that you hold, just like with amber, stick to it (at Git you can indeed generate an electric charge by rubbing it with a woolen cloth).
When Prince Albert died in 1861, his widow Queen Victoria was dressed in black. By wearing jewelry from Git beads in the mourning dress she made these semi-precious beads popular among the well-to-do class in the 19th century.
In the roaring twenties in the United States the wearing of long necklaces by young women became a trend. The chains were made of multiple strands of Git beads, which extended from the neck to beyond the (low) waist.
Git beads are traditionally used for rosaries of monks.
The name comes from the Greek Lithos Gagatès which means stone from Gagas. Gagas was a place and a river in ancient Greek Lycia, Asia Minor. The name was further corrupted to Git via Old French jaite. The expression 'jet black' comes naturally from here!
The effect of Git beads
Git bales have a strong connection with the earth and have a purifying effect at all levels. The stone draws negative energy and pollution (energy that does not belong there) from your system and protects your energy field against negative influences. It helps you to leave negative experiences behind you and come back to yourself and live pure. Git supports the cleansing effect of the liver and kidneys.
The hardness of Git is 3-4, the density 1.3
Git beads belong to the constellation Capricorn