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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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beaded fan pullsI'm so inspired every day by beaders, artisans and jewelers -- and I thought I'd share just a few examples of work I've seen lately that is so creative and just plain fun! Here's one example:

http://www.penick.net/digging/?p=20157

Stringing beads and broken china to make a pot necklace!  Wow!  And here's another:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/JewelsforHorses?ref=search_shop_redirect

Jewels for horses!  Featuring creations for equestrians and the horses they love!  I'd never even even heard the term 'rhythmn beads' (beads that jingle softly to calm the horse) until I saw this.  It makes you want to run right out and get a horse, just so you can do this stuff (maybe that's just me -- just sayin...)

Finally, I was recently on  one of those long phone calls that can happen when you're trying to use frequent flyer points with an airline.  The person helping me was intrigued with my e-mail since it incorporates 'the bead' in the name, and told me about the thing that's all the rage in 'The South' where she lives -- beaded fan pulls!  I've included an image of some lovely ones here -- and here's a site that tells you how to make them.  Nice! 

Happy beading, everyone, and don't forget to share your creative beading projects with us by joining our mailing list at www.thebead.net    We want to hear from you about what you're doing, what special beads and supplies you're seeking, and about what inspires you!

If you like this blog post, you might also enjoy previous posts on how beads are even being used in impoverished countries; one example is:  Saving Lives, One Bead at a Time.

 

 

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