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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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silver imageOver the ages, silver has been associated with the moon, the night, the Goddess, the life force, the soul.  It is the symbol of the unconscious realm, and is said to aid in lucid dreaming.  Pure silver is called sterling.  Other metals may be added, such as copper, to increase its hardness and durability, since like gold, it is a soft metal.  Silver is found in veins underground. It is also found in trace amounts in zinc, lead, gold and copper ores. Silver can also be found with other minerals like sulfur and arsenic.  There are so many interesting facts about silver, for example:  1) It is the best conductor of electricity of any element; 2) it is a natural and powerful antibiotic (when one takes the trouble to research the proper type to ingest) and even aids in the prevention of infections; 3) it has been used since ancient times, for religious artifacts, jewelry, currency, and food utensils; 4) it is a valuable industrial raw material and provides investment opportunities; 5) it is a relatively scarce natural resource -- in the 1900's, there were about 12 billion ounces of silver above ground -- today, there are only about 300 million; 6) the term for silver and money is exactly the same in 14 different languages; 7) Mexico, Chile and Peru are the largest producers of silver; and 95% of silver consumed every year is used in silverware, jewelry and photography.  Since our specific interest is in beading and jewelry, I've included a photograph of an creative example of silverwork from the Etsy.com site, in this case a piece designed by Keira Arps of Butte, Montana.  Also check out our very special silver components for your creations at our Etsy Site:  http://tinyurl.com/atcs2p3

 

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