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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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niobiumNiobium is a light gray base metal that is typically anodized into six different colors.  This process involves putting the metal item into an acid bath and passing an electric current through the tank.  Oxygen atoms bond to the item's surface, which creates a lustrous sheen.  Some of the nicest specimens we've seen have been earrings -- though one can find niobium bracelets, beads, pendants, and more.  These beautiful earrings, offered by Sozra Gallery of Jewelry and Art, are a good example of this stunning, rainbow-like material.  Finding Niobium can be tricky, but it's worth the effort.  Many who are allergic to certain metals (such as aluminum, titanium, and magnesium) can almost always tolerate them when they are anodized with niobium.


0 # Luiz Fernando 2015-02-15 23:07
Belíssima joia anodizada em nióbio!
O nióbio é também encontrado no mineral Columbita.Onde há maior concentração de Nióbio e menor presença de Tântalo.
Ambos,metais muito importantes.
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0 # sheilamclaughlin 2015-02-16 11:22
Thank you for commenting, Luiz! I'm not sure -- were you offering a source for buying Niobium?
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