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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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topaz earringsFor those of you in colder climates, you'll be able to relate to this snippet from the Gregorian Calendar for November's birthstone, Topaz.

Who first comes to this world below
With drear November's fog and snow,
Should prize topaz's amber hue,
Emblem of friends and lovers true.

Topaz indeed is such a 'warm' stone, I have to agree with their analysis.  Another gorgeous semi-precious gemstone, Topaz actually comes in colors other than amber -- including yellow, pink, reddish-orange, and brown -- and if you include heat-treated Topaz, you can also find blue, green, pink, red, teal, rainbow, peacock, and silver!  It is found all around the world -- and because of the many colors available and its clear appearance, it is sometimes confused with stones like aquamarine, citrine, beryl, fluorite (p.s. see our lovely flourite pendant on this web site), sapphire, tourmaline, zircon, and other gemstones.

Since today's poem focuses on amber Topaz, I've included an example from the Etsy site Lu's Boutique.  This sample also features delicate gold chains (read more about gold in my previous blog post:  G is for GOLD).  It is no accident that the word Topaz comes from the Sanskrit word 'tapaz', which means 'fire'.  Golden Topaz, found in Brazil, Sri Lanka, Russia, Pakistan and the US, is said to be a stone with the capacity to enhance one's creativity, personal will, and ability to manifest desires.  And perhaps the reason it is called  the 'emblem of friends and lovers true' is because it is also associated with the heart. 

 

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