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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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gold bead earringsgold bead earringsgold bead earringsGold is the favorite of many -- the shiny precious yellow metal we love to love.  Its malleability and low melting point allows it to be easily manipulated and shaped into beautiful jewelry.  Gold was developed as one of our earliest metals, coming only after iron and bronze and their 'cousins', copper and tin.  'Karats' are a measure of purity; 24 karat gold is the purest.  Gold jewelry can commonly be found in 22, 20, 18, 16 14, 10 and 9 karat forms.  This precious metal can be found all around the world, in nuggets or grains in rocks or geological deposits.  It can vary in color from yellow, also found in white, red, blue, black and even purple, depending on its primary metalic components, with yellow being the most common.  'Found' gold may even contain up to 8 - 10% silver.  Because it is easily scratched or dented, it is often combined with other metals for a stronger alloy; this is the case with what we call 'white gold' (gold with nickel, zinc, palladium or platinum), rose gold (gold with copper), and green gold (gold with silver).  We value gold as one of the earth's most preacious and rare substances, and for cernturies, gold has been used as currency -- often in coins -- and as a measure of value.  The photograph here is one of my favorite samples from the Etsy.com site featuring JuJuDesigns. 

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