Few beads are surrounded by as much myth and mystery as the dZi bead (say ZEE). The naturally- occurring 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- created by the gods, 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. (To which we can only add, certainly a person is unlucky who loses an authentic dZi at today's prices).
All of our DZI beads come from India or Nepal. We do not sell beads from China or Tibet. Beware, as we have seen many beads of this quality sold recently as 'ancient'. These Nepal DZi beads are made of etched bone. They are beautiful replicas of the natural agates selling for thousands of dollars.
Size: 2 inches long. Current stock all have 9 eyes.