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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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christmas tree 2016 2In honor of Christmas Day, I wanted to post something special about beads related to the holiday. I went on a rambling internet quest and found this lovely story. A little schmaltzy, yes, but the message is eternally true. It's about unselfish love, softening, and healing. Here's the link: A String of Blue Beads.

The story isn't entirely unlike a great movie we just saw with our friends -- Collatoral Beauty. I was weeping through most of it, as it made me think of my husband's illness and also the recent loss of my beloved 12-year old lab, Mishka. But that's ok, as they say weeping can help to heal. I hadn't really cried much since Mishka died, even though I have been in a lot of emotional pain. I think it's because I'm like the character in the movie; I just get on my (metaphorical) bike and ride hard, against the traffic, keeping myself busy, focusing on not breaking down.

mishka blue blanket 2But as it says in Ecclesiastes, there's a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance. For us, it seems like the whole year has been a time to mourn. Here's hoping that next year -- for us and for you -- is a time to laugh and to dance. It will take some work, I'm sure -- remembering to count our incredible blessings, to have gratitude, to help all those who need it -- to the best of our ability, and most of all, to love.

May you and yours -- and the world -- have a peaceful holiday season and new year, and may all your days be merry and bright.

Until Next Year,

Sheila

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