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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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Today's post subject is not nearly as sexy as the lucious beads and gemstones we've been discussing, but a X-ACTO blade is one of those down-to-earth necessities for some types of beading projects, and worthy of our note.  X-ACTO is a brand name, like Xerox, but the term has become synonimous with 'precision hobby knife' or 'craft knife'.  This handy tool can be used for cutting leather or fabric backing for beaded projects such as barrettes and belt buckles.  It also cuts leather into fringe, a common feature of Native American crafts.  I've included a photo of one, so you'll know what it looks like if you don't already know -- as well as a photo of a project it would be useful for.  Wish me luck on finding more interesting topics for 'Y' and 'Z' over the next couple of days!  In the meantime, look over our lovely selection of beads, charms and gemstones on The Bead Collection as well as The Bead Collection on Etsy.


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