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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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ocean jasperOcean Jasper is a rare and lovely Jasper variety found only on the coastline in Madagascar.  In fact, there is only one place where it is mined, and it can only be collected at low tide!  It is a silicon dixoide mineral, with vibrant colors of white, green, pink, red and black -- with a signature that is oceanic indeed.  Some specimens resemble abstract paintings, or circular, cell-like and amoeba-like shapes swimming in wild and unpredictable patterns.  Those who ascribe spiritual qualities to stones say that Ocean Jasper is a stone of joy and high spirits, and can focus the wearer on the positive aspects of life, and even help to heal depression.  It can be used for stone mosaics, ornamentation, and jewelry, as seen in this exotic example from Madstarsilver on Etsy.com.  The Bead is pleased to offer an exquisite sample on our own Etsy site:  http://tinyurl.com/atcs2p3  

 

 

 

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