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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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flourite earringsA wise person -- a fellow beader -- recently said in a comment on one of my blog posts that beading 'grounds and centers her'.  I wanted to write a little today about how much I agree with that, and speculate on why that is...

I believe in the healing power of nature. If we take a moment to immerse ourselves in an image of nature, or better yet, to view nature itself, we feel rejuvenated, renewed and revived. In the case of beaders who use natural materials such as gemstones, shells, pearls, nut and wood, and more, we are, in a sense, communing directly with nature.  Studies have shown that what we look at not only affects our mood, but also how we relate to others and our attention to detail. So if you're feeling stressed, run down, or just deserve a break, you can touch, hold and view these precious items from our beloved earth, and immerse yourself in them.  Though I am not expert on this aspect of gems and semiprecious gemstones and crystals, I am told these in particular have powerful energy and healing aspects far beyond other substances.  For me, a leaf, a handful of rich soil, and the sight of a clear blue sky may be powerful and healing.  And I know if I am given a choice between holding in my palm something plastic, chemical or synthetic -- and something natural, organic and unprocessed (such as the Imperial Topaz Crystal shown in these earrings on our Etsy site, http://tinyurl.com/atcs2p3), I will choose the natural material.

Please weigh in on this issue, if you should have the time and inclination!

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy my previous post, 'O is for Ocean Jasper Beads'.

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