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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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Venetian Murano Glass Lampwork BeadsFor centuries, Venice, Italy has been known for making the highest quality glass beads in the world.  There are many types, including lampwork, silver-foiled or gold-foiled, chevrons, millefiori, and dichronic beads.  For the last 200 years the rest of the world has been emulating these traditional Italian techniques.  I chose one sample to feature here from Shelly Thelen's shop on Etsy, as I was entranced the moment I saw them.  These are "Venetian Murano Glass Lampwork Beads" -- lovely!  What's nice about beads like this is that you only need two to create an incredible set of earrings, and a single one for a necklace.  At home I have a necklace that is so lovely and simple -- just three gorgeous gold beads hanging from a gold chain.  And such creations don't have to cost an arm and a leg, especially if you make it yourself.  Contact us for more information about advice on how to do this, unless you want to stroll into a high-end jewelry store and slap down $3,000 or so.  Also be sure to peruse a sampling of our focal and signature beads at The Bead Collection and/or our Etsy Shop:  http://tinyurl.com/atcs2p3

 

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