Joanne's bracelet is full of organic elements. The ivory bone beads, painted wooden beads and carnelian gemstone chips make this a one of a kind creation. What is interesting is her choice of a single dzi bead as her focal.

The dzi bead (pronounced "zee") used here is a modern imitation of traditional ones from primarily Tibet. These are prized amulet beads in some Asian cultures such as Tibet's. They are a form of evil eye bead to protect the wearer from harm. Sometimes parts of the beads were deliberately scraped away and ground up for traditional Tibetan medicine.

Dzi beads date back to 2000-1000 BC. They are made from agate or carnelian and etched with the distinctive lines and circles. No one knows the true origin of these beads and exactly how they were made. There are many Tibetan myths about where these beads came from including the story about insects becoming petrified by human touch!

Women Of Tibet

The photo above was taken around 1910 showing two Tibetan women in their traditional striped aprons, distinctive headdresses and jewelry.

Authentic ancient dzi beads fetch high prices especially those with more "eyes". Inevitably counterfeit beads are rife so buyer beware! The markings, size, body color and pattern of the dzi beads determine their value.This blog is devoted to just dzi and Himalayan beads if you are interested in learning more about authentic dzi beads.

Beader Design #: 525

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