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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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janis evans necklaceMy new Jewellery Designer friend from Linked In, Janis Evans, is a fascination to me -- or maybe I should admit I'm just a wee bit jealous! She and family are soon moving to formally launch their new business (to be called 'The Roost') in the western region of Newfoundland! Their combo jewellery/art/pizza shop (what could be more divine??) will be right on the ocean shore--on a scenic cliff overlooking the harbor in a fishing village called York Harbour. Janis will have her dream come true--a proper lampworking studio where she can work and teach.  
 
Much of Janis's work incorporates both lampwork and genuine sea glass collected on the rocky beaches. One of my favorites, this 'Transition  into Spring' is a piece composed of her lampwork beads, and it is so lovely!  As with many of us, Janis got into the business 'by accident'.  She saw a charm bracelet she liked in a bead book and wanted to recreate it. So she took apart her old charm bracelet and some other old jewellery and started making bracelets and necklaces. Friends and family started giving her discarded jewellery to fuel her new endeavor -- and when she next discovered lampworking, the path to the future became very clear.
 
Janis has creativity in her blood and family heritage , so it's no surprise her life took this turn.  Her mother knits, quilts, spins and weaves, and her dad did needlepoint and woodworking. Her husband does weaving, rug hooking, needlework, pizza and breadmaking (thus the pizza aspect of the shop), her son does woodworking, and her daughter sews, spins, does needlework, and makes jewellery!
 
janis evansI especially love Janis's story because she works with her daughter (Jessica, in their case) as well. Jessica  wirewraps the sea glass into their distinctive designs. I haven't seen their type of combinations before -- authentic sea glass along with complimentary handcrafted lampwork beads. Each item is a one-of-a-kind creation, a delightful piece of artistry from Newfoundland. 
 
My own ancestry is Acadian, from a region not all that far from where Janis will be working and living. So I ardently hope she will notify newfoundland2us of her grand opening so we will have an excuse to make the long trek out (yep, from New Mexico to Newfoundland is a far piece). In the meantime, you can find their beautiful work on these sites:
 
 
If you enjoyed this post, you might enjoy our older post on Cate Yoder, another one of our favorite designers.
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