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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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rubiesThere's a delightful poem from the Gregorian calendar for July's birthstone, the ruby: 

The glowing ruby shall adorn,

Those who in July are born;

Then they'll be exempt and free From love's doubts and anxiety.

The meaning indicated here is not unlike modern-day associations with the ruby, which is said to inspire self-confidence, a zest for life, and spiritual courage. 

A transparent to opaque precious gemstone, the ruby is found in a variety of red shades.  The name ruby comes from the Latin word ruber, for red.  Rubies are found in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Tanzania, Brazil, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Pakistan, Tajkistan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Australia, Norway, Greenland, and the United States.  It is amazing that the rough stones appear dull and greasy, but once polished, they can be as brilliant as diamonds.

I've always loved rubies, as my grandmother was named Ruby, and we often wore stones in memory of her.  I think of it as a very romantic stone -- its color is so deep and clear and beautiful. I don't remember the exact biblical quote, but paraphrased, it's something like 'the worth of a virtuous woman is far above rubies'.  Clearly this is a gemstone that has been valued throughout the ages, as it is today.  My favorite rendition is clear, polished rubies set in gold, as in this example from 'Tootightlywound' on Etsy.com -- but rubies can look equally beautiful paired with silver and other complimentary stones and metals. 

If you enjoyed this blog post, you might be interested in the blog post on January's birthstone, the garnet. 

 

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