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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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Sept 19 2012 newbeads 003Obsidian is a fascinating stone we haven't discussed here before, so that's the subject of today's conversation. This is a transparent to opaque natural glass, composed of volcanic, amorphous, silica-rich, and glassy rock, found in areas of volcanic activity. The stone is formed when molten lava meets water, such as when the lava is flowing into a lake or ocean, and there is a rapid cooling process. There are many types of obsidian -- 'spider web', 'sheen', 'rainbow', the one pictured here -- snowflake, and more. (If you like these snowflake obsidian beads, they're available for sale on our site: )

Since the Stone age, people have used obsidian for cutting tools and weapons, because it can be worked to create an extremely thin, sharp edge. Ancient Aztecs and Greeks polished it and used it for mirrors, and the Moai, the large stone statues on Easter Island, were fashioned from obsidian! Since antiquity, obsidian has also been used for adornments. Throughout history and even today, obsidian has been thought to have a special significance/relationship to our psyches as well. Snowflake obsidian, in particular, is thought to increase psychic sensitivity; some believe it has the power to put one in touch with the world of souls, to facilitate communication with lost loved ones, or to assist in past-life recall. Whatever your particular beliefs or planned uses for obsidian, there is no doubt this is a fascinating and lovely stone.

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