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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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The Illustrated Bead Bible

Though I'll normally feature more specific information about types of beads/gemstone in this blog, I would be remiss not to use today as a 'B is for BEADS' opportunity, and talk about the general history of beads.  Archeologists and bead historians have affirmed that the use of beads may go back up to 100,000 years ago!  Practices involving beads include body adornment, spiritual ceremonies, currency, art, and enterprise.  From the primitive beads fashioned of bones, tusks, nuts, and more in the Stone Age, to the incredible array of materials used today for beads ranging from the mundane to the sublime (clay, grass, plastic - and gold, diamond, gemstone), woman-kind and man-kind have created an ever-evolving universe of materials, designs, and colors for their creations.  For a phenomenal resource on beads, their types, uses, history, and associated techniques, check out The Illustrated Bead Bible by Theresa Flores Geary, Ph.D.  You can find it on Amazon.com and it's a great investment if you're as fascinated by the world of beading as I am.

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