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 Opinions about exactly how dzi beads were originally made with such intricate designs in a time without modern technology are about as varied as those surrounding the construction of the Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt.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 9 circles- three sets of three- enclosed in a zig-zag patterned maze. Somehow, it reminds me of a Victorian garden, intricately designed for both visual satisfaction and mental stimulation. The number nine is often associated with the completion of a cycle and the beginning of a new cycle. It is a number of compassion, love and caring for humanity.
Made with 25mm tube of natural agate stone with ancient Tibetan pattern dyed/painted on each tube. Surrounded by 10mm natural brown picture jasper and matte gold hematite. Handmade in USA and securely strung on best quality stretch string.