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Orthoceras ("straight horn") is a genus of a now-extinct nautiloid cephalopod -- a once living, shell like organism. Each stone is polished to better reveal their lovely black and grey and off-white hues, and the vertebrae structure is clear as shown in the photos.
This set is predrilled (front to back) and ready for stringing into a matched necklace/earring set, or for use separately. The largest stone is approx. 39 x 24 mm., with an approx. 2 mm. hole. The two smaller ones are slightly different in size -- the smallest at approx. 34 x 14 mm., the larger at approx. 40 x 15 mm. The hole in this latter pendant (40 x 15 mm. one) is slightly chipped. Each of the smaller pendants has an approx. 1 mm. hole.

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Dzi Bead BackFew beads are surrounded by as much myth and mystery as the dZi bead. The authentic 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.

Some even say the bead itself will choose its' owner and will not stay with an dzi beads etsyunlucky person! 



We actually acquired this set of 14 Carnelian replicas in Thailand, but we believe they are every bit as beautiful, with their rich color and traditional etched designs. At the far left below is an image of one set of three originals. We've seen various types from those who know their ancient beads, but we're no experts! We'd love to hear from those of you who may have more information, as we find these to be both beautiful and fascinating.

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy our post on 'Collecting Ancient Beads'!

ancient dzi beads 2Until next time,




+1 # SR Amalia 2014-08-14 11:14
One of our LinkedIn readers was kind enough to comment in that venue, letting us know that sometimes dZi beads go by other names. We researched a bit more and found this GREAT article with more fascinating detail about dZi beads -- check it out!
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