Few 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 unlucky 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'!
Until next time,