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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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emeraldThe Gregorian calendar provides this little snippet of a poem for the lucky ones whose May birthstone is emerald.

Who first beholds the light of day
In spring's sweet flowery month of May
And wears an emerald all her life
Shall be a loved and happy wife.

Lara's Perfect Gems (from Etsy.com) features this necklace using natural, untreated, translucent emerald beads. Yes, emeralds are usually much more faceted and glittery, but I'd never seen natural emerald beads and thought I would share this version with you -- also quite lovely!  Emeralds are a variety of the mineral beryl, colored green by additions of chromium and sometimes iron.  Emeralds are the rarest of gemstones, and by weight, considered the most precious.  It is easy to find (and afford) synthetic emeralds, so if you're looking for the real thing, beware of imitations!  The clear emerald stone you've likely seen more often, unlike these more opaque beads, have been cut and polished to create the 'clear green crystal' effect. 

Emeralds have been found in Colombia, Brazil, Russia and Africa.  Qualities/conditions associated with emeralds include prosperity, love, compassion, healing, and abundance in general.  Having once owned a fairly large emerald, I can testify that it is an incredibly beautiful stone, to be greatly enjoyed whether or not it happens to be your birthstone.  I am now entranced by the idea of finding and acquiring actual emerald beads such as those shown here. 

If you enjoyed this blog post on the birthstone of May, you may also enjoy a previous post on the precious birthstone of April, the diamond.  You're also invited to check out our blog posts out at The Bead Collection and learn more about jewels, gemstones, precious metals, and all the makings of fine beadwork and jewelry!

 

 

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