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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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amazonite necklaceAt the Tucson gem show this year, we saw some fine faceted Amazonite that was every bit as beautiful as Peruvian Opal -- and I don't say that lightly, as Peru Opal is my all-time favorite. For those of you who may not know about Amazonite, it's a gem variety of feldspar, and has a lustrous reflection known as iridescence.

It is found in the United States, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Russia, Australia, Namibia. The color is usually light green to blue-green, or mottled, and sometimes contains light striations.

The stone has a great backstory; some say it has its name because it was found in the Amazon River -- another says it is named for Amazon women warriors. Some archeological evidence suggests that the Amazonians were a matriarchal society during the Bronze Age. If this theory intrigues you as it does me, you can read more about it here.

Mystics say the stone enhances creative expression, courage, and improves the feeling of self-worth. Amazonite is considered a soothing stone that offers confidence and works on the throat chakra. It is called the "hope stone" because it inspires confidence and hope. One source says it is useful to activate lazy teenagers. (HA!)

We do know for sure that it was used extensively by the Egyptians. You can read more about that here.

boho amazoniteI'm always thrilled to see a beautiful creation incorporating Amazonite. I've selected three to feature here -- from top to bottom, designs from our Etsy colleagues and friends:

amazonite pendant 2Faceted Amazonite and Amethyst necklace from Yulahu; Leather Cowgirl necklace with Amazonite by EllaJoli; and Mala Necklace with Faceted Oval Blue Amazonite Pendant, Sandalwood, Amazonite and Rose Quartz by CalmIntentions

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Until Next Time,

Sheila

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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