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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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beads of couragThis was such a touching story - I had to take a brief hiatus from our series on 'Gems, Crystals and Stones' to share it with you.  You can find the entire story --and also donate for Kate's care if you'd like, here:  http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/8478453/Kates-fight-against-leukaemia 

In New Zealand, four-year-old Kate Diprose has energy to burn. She is learning to ride a quad bike, loves swimming and cooking, and can't wait to go to Matamata Primary like her big brother Fletcher. It's a long way from where she was less than two years ago.

Kate was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in August 2011, three months after her third birthday. In the first year she spent more time in hospital than at home, facing treatment most adults would struggle to deal with. Kate has earned 1005 beads of courage - provided by the Child Cancer Foundation - that represent the huge mountain she has had to climb to get well again.

Each bead relates to a procedure or experience Kate has had, including nights in hospital, chemotherapy, scans, injections and trips to theatre. "She knows what she has been through to get them so that makes them
special for her," said mum Jackie. "She's quite proud of them."

"I hope people know how much we appreciate [the] help and generosity [of friends, family, and the Child Cancer Foundation]," she said. Kate is now in the maintenance phase of her treatment and is looking forward
to starting school in May.

"It makes you really grateful for what you have and to appreciate all the small things," said Jackie. "We just love being together as a family."

The Child Cancer Foundation had been "wonderful" for the last 19 months, providing support for the family, including a much-needed holiday in Taupo and food and petrol vouchers.

March is the foundation's appeal month and Jackie spent two days last week collecting donations. "It's obviously very close to my heart," she said.

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