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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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ancient beads 3As Robert K. Liu says in the forward to Lois Sherr Dubin’s book The History of Beads: From 100,000 B.C. to the Present, “the bead enthusiast is a missionary of knowledge, trying to enlighten the vast majority of people who are ignorant of the beauty, charm and fascinating history that characterize these small, perforated artifacts.”

As I tried to explain in some of our previous posts, these little treasures are among the most stunningly attractive and varied forms of adornment known to humankind. Yet they are so much more than just adornment! Beads have been used throughout the world as talismans, status symbols, religious articles, and barter. They are used to symbolize relationships, the life force, the supernatural, and basic cultural worldviews. Each bead is like a time capsule, containing fascinating tales concerning its origins, uses, travels, and meaning.

In many of my posts you will see me trying to unravel (or at least explore) the mysteries of some of the world’s most rare and precious beads. The book mentioned above – Dubin’s History of Beads, is probably the most comprehensive reference on the beautiful, tactile, fascinating and irrepressible BEAD. While reading it you travel the circuitous routes of trade from ancient Mesopotamia to Egypt and the Indus Valley. You learn of the ancient trade from Southeast Asia to the South Pacific. The writer also covers beads of the Roman World, Europe, Asia, The Far East, North and South America--all are mapped in full color with dates and exact designations of beads that were transported among the cultures of each era and area.To accompany these maps, the author goes into great detail not only about the beads themselves, but of the relationships they played in the religious, economic and cultural lives of each group.

ancient beads 1The bead-lover is treated to over 400 photographs of dazzling beaded ornaments from the earliest times to present day. Especially exciting are the inventive and unique necklaces and bead work from contemporary artists. The photography is astounding; to view it is to have a definitive sensuous experience.

I don’t think I will ever stop appreciating the extraordinary diversity of beads and bead artifacts from around the world – from nuts and seeds simply strung into necklaces, to sophisticated glass baubles from Venice, intricate silver filigree from India, painted porcelain and jade-carving from China, and the intriguing batik bone beads of central Africa. For any jewelry designer, the study of bead history can be a boon; READ, and inspire yourself.

If you enjoyed this post you might also like some of these:

The Addiction of Beading

The Amazing History of Wampum Beads

Ancient Shell Beads

Collecting Ancient Beads

Until Next Time,

Sheila

 

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0 # Ann Gray 2016-04-21 20:47
Excellent Articles! Very thorough!! Would you mind if I share your blog about Why Handmade on my blog? I would be glad to post an expose about you with a picture with it. I released an Article Called Jewelry Shopping Part I, Genuine vs. Fake. I am working on a series on how to tell the genuine article from those treated, dyed, etc. You did a great job putting all this together!
Sincerely,
Ann Gray
Esther Destiny's Jewelry
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0 # Somclaughlin 2016-04-22 01:30
Yes, certainly! Thank you very much! Please let me know if you need anything from me, and if love to see it when it's up -- and will promote!
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