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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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Today we start a new tradition for The Bead Collection -- each week, we'll feature a snippet about a single bead (or charm, or cab, or whatever!) or beads. We have so many people listing favorite items (and listing lots of different items, I might add) on our Etsy site, so I thought people might like to see a bit more about their fav's!

This week's focus is on turquoise beads, which we've spent some time on in our previous blog post: December's Birthstone: Turquoise. This particular gemstone gets lots of fan mail! You can be assured that you are not alone if you love turquoise.  Here in the Southwest where we live, it's hard to tell whether people are more devoted to their green chile or their turquoise!  There are so many types of Turquoise, we can't begin to cover them in this short post.  We have lovely selections in our Etsy shop – of Turquoise from the 'Old Man Mine' in Arizona, Chinese Turquoise, Turquoise and Coral Tibetan pendants, and more! We'll keep adding to our collection, so stay tuned!

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