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replicaEach of these precious beads is sold as a single bead, for $6.50* (or 20% less if you use your friends & fans discount, SAVE20). If you are interested in more or the whole set, please let us know!

These are modern handcrafted beads made in the tradition of ancient dZi beads (pronounced ZEE). Few beads are surrounded by as much myth and mystery as the dZi bead. The authentic/original etched agates are found in Tibet, Bhutan, Ladakh, and Nepal, and are believed to be about two thousand years old. Many legends accompany the beads- that they were not made by man but created by the gods, that they bring luck and ward off evil, that they protect the wearer from physical harm by taking the abuse upon themselves, and that the bead itself will choose its' owner and will not stay with an unlucky person. 

We actually acquired these in India, but we believe they are every bit as beautiful, with their rich Carnelian color and traditional etched designs. We have several in a variety of colors, so let us know if you want additional photos. If you purchase from this posting, you will receive one like that shown in the two close-up shots, unless you specify otherwise.

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red czechThese are fantastic cranberry-red Czech glass beads, perfect for your holiday or every-day designs. Fire-polish beads are one alternative to more expensive gemstone beads; they can provide sparkle and light to a creation that otherwise might be drab. These beads are handmade in the Czech Republic through a process of molding, facet-cutting, and firing in a high-temperature furnace. The process gives the bead a beautiful sheen and scratch-resistant surface. (For more information on Fire-polish beads, see our blog post on this subject, at:
http://www.thebead.net/index.php/the-bead-blog/32-f-is-for-fire-polish-beads

These strands are gorgeous deep red (cranberry) (approx.) 8 mm Rondell Beads. (They are slightly spotted near the holes as shown, in white-gray/black, for a great look with 'depth'.) Each strand has 25 sparkling beads; strands are sold separately at $8.00 each.

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