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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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umbilical pouch 10There aren't a lot of bead, gem or crystal names beginning with the letter 'U', so today I'll use the opportunity to talk about umbilical pouches, a beautiful tradition of the Lakota Sioux.  When a child was about to be born, the mother would create an intricately beaded pouch to hold the umbilical cord.  After the birth, the pouch belonged to the child through adulthood and for their whole lives, eventually being buried with them after death.  The pouch symbolized the connection between mother and child, as well as the owner's connection to their family and tribe.  The Lakota Sioux has a long tradition of fine bead and quillwork, displayed in intricate works of art on clothing -- often incorporating glass and metal beads, quills, hair, paint, and ribbon.  Anyone thinking of beginning the craft of beading should take time to pay homage to these skilled artisans and to the beauty of their art.

Shown here is a vintage umbilical pouch for a female; turtles are used for females to symbolize strength and longevity.  For males, the image of a lizard is used, to depict speed and adaptability.  The shop Northernlodge on Etsy.com will custom design these special pouches for a new infant, so get in touch with them if you'd like to begin this lovely tradition in your own family.  And don't forget to check out our entire line of distinctive beads and pendants as inspiration for your own unique projects, at The Bead Collection. 

 

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