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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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paper beads 3One of our all-time most popular posts on Pinterest was on Paper Beads, so I’m doing a follow-up on our previous blog post, named (not surprisingly) Paper Beads.

As we mentioned before, making paper beads is a traditional craft that goes back as far as the Victorian age. Young ladies would gather socially in their dining rooms and make handmade paper beads from scraps of wallpaper rolled on knitting needles. Then they would polish the beads with beeswax and string them on to long pieces of yarn. The beads would then be used to make door curtains to divide rooms.

Since then, paper-bead making has become a fine art, incorporating the most surprising types of materials you can think of. Here are a few:

paper beads 4·Candy wrappers

·Corrogated paper


·Gift Wrap paper

·Cereal boxes

·Facial tissue boxes

·Glossy magazines

·Calendars & Posters

·Sheet Music (...AND MORE...)

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Artisans carefully measure, cut and roll each bead. Often a laminate base coat is applied, followed by a glaze. Here are a couple of tutorials we found to get you started – in case you want to experiment.

How to Make Paper Beads

Paper and Wire Wrapped Bead Tutorial

I am astounded by the beautiful beads that have been made from paper, and envious of these designers’ creativity. Since we at The Bead specialize in gemstone beads and pendants, it’s a good reminder that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get into the business of beads. Paper beads are lightweight, yet solid and moisture resistant. They’re the perfect component for folks who don’t like a lot of weight around their neck or hanging from their ears. We’ve shown just a few examples here from selected artisans found on Etsy – but you can find a good variety of paper beads there -- from BabelFish Jewelry, Mudhut,
Paperartzibeads, Paper Melon and more.

Until Next Time,




0 # Gina-Marie Hammer 2016-02-01 11:29
Thanks very much for posting this! I've been wondering for a while how these were made, and also whether folks actually used them, or if they were more of a hobby thing. Thanks for clearing that up for me, and for providing the links to the various tutorials and examples!
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