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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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ringDid you know you can use some of these affordable, easy-to-find products for cleaning your fine jewelry and gemstones?

Alka Seltzer
Alumninum Foil
Dawn Dishwashing Detergent
Amonia
Beer
Baking Soda (for silver, not gemstones)
Vinegar
Club Soda
Denture Tablets (like Polident cleanser)
Ketchup
Toothpaste & a Toothbrush
Vodka (for selected gemstones)
Window Cleaner (for selected gemstones)
Tide Laundry Detergent

Now, we especially like the Beer and Vodka techniques, and believe you could probably prep with a couple of small glasses -- one for dipping and one for sipping!  ;-))

toothbrushWe found these jewelry/gemstone cleaning links to give you more details on how to use these simple home products to make your jewels, silver and gold sparkle and shine.

Using home products for cleaning jewelry:

http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/DIY-Jewelry-Cleaner-30499088

http://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/12-home-products-for-cleaning-jewelry/

http://www.food.com/recipe/jewelry-cleaner-180133

http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/how-to-clean-you-silver-jewlerypiercings

Cleaning sterling silver jewelry with gemstones:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s38TqS0oTN4

Gemstone cleaning chart:

http://www.firemountaingems.com/resources/encyclobeadia/charts/cleaninggemstones

For you pearl-lovers out there, know that pearls require extra-gentle care. You can wash with a very mild detergent (ivory flakes are good). Also be sure to wipe them with a soft, lint-free cloth as soon as you take them off -- then let them air dry before putting them away.
Here are a couple of sites on how to care for pearls --

http://www.wikihow.com/Clean-Pearls

http://jewelry.about.com/cs/pearls/a/cleaning_pearls.htm

bowlOnce your jewelry is clean, there are also some best practices for how to store your jewelry -- ranging from soft cloth bags and fabric lined jewelry boxes, to the humble baggie and the higher-end tarnish-proof cloths you can find at some silver-supply shops. Here's a great site to give you more details on recommended storage:

http://www.kcdesignsnyc.com/jewelry-questions/how-to-properly-store-your-jewelry/

We hope you've enjoyed these tips. Please let us know if you have questions on any of the specifics, or comment with any secrets for success you have found! And if you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy our post on Eco-Friendly Jewelry.

Until Next Time,

Sheila

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