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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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C is for Citrine -- a member of the Quartz family.  It has a delicate,yellow color, derived from iron; the name itself is derived from the French word citron, for lemon.  Citrine has been found all around the world -- Brazil, Spain, France, Madagascar, Scotland, and the US.   It is often mistaken for the more valuable gemstone topaz.  Natural citrines are rare.  Commercial "citrines" are often heat-treated amethysts ("burnt amethysts") or smoky quartzes.  This semi-precious gemstone is said to be associated with mental clarity, personal will, and especially, creativity.  It is also November's birthstone.  I found this lovely sample on an Etsy site for bridesmade gifts:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/85419684/citrine-lariat-necklace-birthstone?ref=sr_gallery_16&ga_search_query=citrine&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all

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