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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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Roberta knjewelry boxows I did it. I fessed up right after I got home from the lake. It had all gotten to be too much—the dresses, the necklace to go with the ring, even the way Roberta was acting. She just wasn't my old girl anymore, just somebody looking for the next thing all somebody looking for the next thing all the time. And the next things always cost money. Big money. We ended up $10,000 in debt exactly to the day we found that stone. If I would remind her we had to save money and stop spending so much, she'd just roll her eyes and tell me not to be such a pennypincher. So the last time that happened, I decided to do it.

It's not so easy lugging the boat out to the lake by myself. I'm used to having Roberta's help. But I did it, and gladly, and rowed out to the very deepest part. And I got that ring out from the box I swiped from her dresser where she always kept it and I threw it, hard as I could. It hit the water with just a plop, not some sizzling sound like you'd expect from such an evil thing. And that was that.

Roberta didn't say one word after I told her. Just turned around and marched into the bedroom and slammed the door behind her. But I noticed she never asked why. She knew why. And we haven't talked to each other about it since then. Just went back to our bacon and eggs in the morning, cheese sandwiches for dinner, and no shopping in between. I wouldn't say she's still mad about it. A little mopey sometimes. But that's normal in a marriage. She'll forget all about it after a while, just like when we first brought it home and put it away – before we found out about it, and how unlucky it was!

To be continued... (stay tuned...the last installment comes next week!)

p.s. If interested, click here to see a sample of The Bead Collection's favorite lampwork beads.

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