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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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fire agate earringsThe term 'iridescence' refers to lustrous waves of color can be detected in some gemstones.  Other terms for iridescence include 'fire' and 'play of color'.  This rainbow-like effect is the result of cracks or layers within the stone that change the way it refracts light when it is viewed from different angles.  An 'iridescent finish' is an artificial form of this; the treatment of applying a rainbow-metallic finish is also referred to as 'iris' or 'AB finish'.  The 'AB' here is an abbreviation for 'aurora borealis' -- a rainbow finish that can be applied to virtually any color or type of bead.  The aurora borealis, also called the northern lights, is the phenomenon of shimmering colored lights that appear in some locales -- a most incredible sight to behold.  In beads, this 'shimmer-effect' is created by adding a very thin coat of metal.  One stone with natural irridescence (in my view, the most precious and what Shannon and I seek in gemstones) is the fire agate, shown here as featured on Etsy.com by '5andUnder'.

 

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