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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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clear quartzQuartz is made up of minerals -- specifically, silicon dioxide or silica, most often found on the earth's continental crust.  Its crystal system can take many forms, with some of the most beautiful forming a glassy, transparent/translucent composition.  The term 'quartz' originated from the Slavic word for 'hard', and it is indeed a hard stone.  There are many colors of crystals, and my favorites are the clear colors:  amethyst (lavender), citrine (lemon), rose (pink), and tourmaline (mixed colors -- including my very favorite, watermelon tourmaline, which is green and pink).  Quartz crystals have been referred to as the "ice of the gods", and have been used throughout the ages for healing or magical purposes.  To many, they serve as symbols of beauty, health and power.  Clear Quartz especially is thought to bring heightened spiritual awareness to whoever wears, carries or meditates with it.  This gorgeous example from Etsy.com was handcrafted by Karen at BeautifulFeelings.  Check out our Etsy site for one of my favorites in our holdings -- delicate amethyst teardrop beads, reading for stringing or fashioning into very special earrings. 

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