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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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The birthstone for March is Aquamarine, the stone whose name is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea.  Historically, this gemstone was thought to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage for travelers.  You might even think of calm waters when you look at this lovely greenish-blue to blue-green stone.  It is generally pale-colored and clear, and has always been one of my favorite stones.  It is mined in Brazil, Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique.   MonBedo of Etsy.com features the pictured aquamarine beads paired with gold, peridot, and Ceylon sapphire beads. 

Aquamarine is such a calming color, and the stone itself is said to be calming and cooling -- able to assist one in clear communication and the expression of truth.  It is thought to be a stone of the 'water element, bringing the wearer in touch with the subconscious and the deepest emotions.  I love the association of aquamarine with the Goddess; according to legend, Aquamarine is the treasure of mermaids, and it has been dedicated to a number of sea goddesses including the Greek love goddess, Aphrodite, whose name means 'born of the foam'.  It is said that the stone can lend the courage and clarity to express a woman's inner knowledge, and to enhance intuitive abilities.  One particularly interesting aspect of the belief about this stone is that it is particularly powerful when placed in water, and that it can be 'recharged and cleansed' by placement in water on the night of the full moon.

I have one set of gorgeous, large, clear aquamarine briolette beads for sale -- not yet pictured on our Etsy site -- http://tinyurl.com/atcs2p3 -- or at The Bead Collection -- please inquire if interested.

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