What is Dzi?
Tibetan Dzi Agate beads are believed to have been created around 2000 B.C. and used primarily for spiritual protection, traditional medicine and jewelry. Opinions about exactly how dzi beads were originally made with such intricate designs in a time without modern technology are about as varied as those surrounding the construction of the Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt.
Nobody really knows how they were made, but we can surely agree that they are quite beautiful. Our mock dzi beads are modern reproductions enhanced with technology and heat treated into genuine agate to replicate the ancient patterns of Tibetan dzi. Original Tibetan dzi beads can fetch upwards of $10,000 each at auction, depending on their condition and design. I don't know about you, but I feel fortunate to live in a time when simple commoners can wear the same jewelry as ancient royals.
This particular dzi bead is patterned with a design that resembles a maze, puzzle or series of lines and zig zags in a repeating pattern. It reminds me of an ancient garden, intricately designed with the intent of creating spaces of beauty for admiration, peace, calm and serenity. In centuries past, one's garden was a display a wealth and status in a community, often of greater significance than the family's home itself. This series of straight lines could be interpreted in many ways; I suppose it all depends on the desires of the observer. What does it make you think of? It makes me think of map leading to a hidden treasure. It is a path or roadmap through the halls of Amenti that will soon lead to all the treasures that you desire. "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." Well, I wear my Amenti bracelet knowing that I will soon find the answers I seek.
Made with 25mm tube of natural agate stone with ancient Tibetan pattern dyed/painted on each tube. Surrounded by 8mm natural beige agate beads and hematite accent. Handmade in USA and securely strung on best quality stretch string.