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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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mermaid necklaceHave you ever thought about telling people a little something about the gemstones you use to make the jewelry they buy from you? What wonderful stories are behind so many of our natural gemstones, beads and crystals. Here’s a bit about aquamarine, just to give you an idea.

Early sailors carved aquamarine into small amulets of the god Neptune, and believed this would protect them from seasickness, nightmares, and drowning. This beautiful gemstone is also associated to other legends involving water. It’s no wonder, as the word aquamarine literally means “ocean water”.  Ancient sailors believed that the fish-like lower portion of mermaids’ bodies were made of aquamarine. The stone was also submerged in water for medicinal purposes. This water was believed to be endowed with power from the stone, and have the medicinal use of reversing poison, and healing ailments of the heart, liver, stomach, mouth and throat.

When aquamarine is given to someone, it is said to represent safety and security. Included here are a few examples of Etsy artisan favorites who use aquamarine in a most magical way. Check them out for inspiration (or buying, if you happen to fall in love)...

To the right is an Aquamarine Mermaid Beaded Necklace of wire-wrapped jewelry and healing crystals, by Majestic Queen.

bimoniarubyOn the left is an exquisite 18/24 ct gold necklace from Bimonia, with Mexican Fire Opals, Ethiopian Opal and Aquamarines. 

And to below is another one of my favorite designs, an Aquamarine, Ruby, and Apatite Necklace with 22k gold-filled beads - from Moontree Boutique.

Come back next week for more tips, stories, learning opportunities and inspiration!

Until Next Time,

Sheila

 

 

 

 

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