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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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Today's feature is on glass bead and jewelry designer Patricia Tyser Carberry. Check out her web site and Facebook page for complete information and to contact her; in the meantime, here are some snippets on this talented artisan.

A saying of Georgia O’Keeffe resonates with Patricia: "I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way—things I had no words for."

And oh what color and shapes she makes! She began her development as an artist in the arena of stained glass windows; this led to a love of working with glass in its molten state --which in turn led to her interest in beadmaking.

As Patricia says, "Working with hot glass is very direct and immediate—the ever changing rainbow of color and light while working with dichroic, metals, powders, as well as the glass, continues to fascinate me." She also incorporates semi-precious gems and minerals into her jewelry -- Malachite, Ammonite, Amethyst, Pyrite, and unusual Russian minerals. And you will often find intriguing details such as Chinese good luck coins and Hill Tribe silver from Thailand.

patricia necklaceShe credits many fine teachers she's had over the years with the skills she applies today. In a previous post, we discussed the importance of developing your own artistic 'voice'. Patricia has done this, in spades. Her customers delight in her distinctive and elegant beaded and bejeweled creations. I first saw her work in an upscale hotel in Sedona, Arizona, and was stunned by its beauty. Photos can't really capture how gorgeous it is. She is an inspiration to me -- as I would love to learn lampworking and/or dichroic glass bead-making someday!

Patricia currently resides in Prescott, Arizona with her husband Frank, and their loyal four-legged sidekicks: their dog, Cholla, and cat, Jack. Check out her web site and Facebook page (click links above) and give her some likes and sign up for her newsletter (subscribers receive 15% off on their first purchase). And/or if you have resources to invest in stunning jewelry you will treasure for a lifetime, shop the online store! (The web site also lists some in-person venues you may be able to take advantage of at some point.)

If you enjoyed this post, you might also like Passing the Flame, Lampworked Beads, Designs by Nanette and Newfoundland Artist Janis Evans.

Until Next Time,



+1 # Patricia Carberry 2015-11-14 12:46
Thanks so much for featuring my work, Sheila!
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0 # somclaughlin 2015-11-14 13:14
Delighted to do it! I'm a fan!
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+1 # gloria allen 2015-12-29 02:32
Great post featuring an amazing Artist
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0 # Somclaughlin 2015-12-29 03:24
Thank you for commenting, Gloria!
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