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Mystery of Tibetan dZi beads

From ancient times mysterious Tibetan lands and the Himalayas were famous with their miracles and magic amulets. Not only local population still believes in the power of these amulets, but also many people all over the world. DZi beads (they are also called GZI or ZI) are considered to be one of the most esteemed Tibetan amulets.

Many legends are associated with dZi beads. They are believed to be powerful protection of a person from different troubles, acts of God, enemies and bad energy. One of the most recognizable accidents in our times is the example, when almost all the passengers died in the plane crash in Nagoya. But among those who survived there was a person who was wearing the amulet with 9 eye dZi bead. Since then 9 eye dZi beads have become very popular not only in Asia but also in Europe. It is also believed that dZi beads are able to attract luck for their owner. It may be Money luck or Love luck or career luck and glory success. It all depends on the pattern on dZi beads. I will tell you about the patterns and their meanings in details in my coming materials. Now I would like to tell you about dZi beads.

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According to a legend dZi beads were not hand-made. They were sent to people by Higher Forces to protect and help them. Later there was a stone hand etching. Up to now the patterns created by nature are very valuable

From ancient times dZi beads were made of Himalayan agate. They also were made of agate-carnelian. The patterns on dZi beads were etched with special solution, and then they were burnt. Not many ancient recipes and methods of making dZi beads are extant. Many of them are still mysterious. Really ancient dZi beads are very expensive today. These are rare collectable museum pieces. It is worth noting that agate is not the single material from which dZi beads are made although it is basic and more frequently met material). Sometimes there are dZi beads of different stone. Seldom ancient dZi beads of bone can be met. The modern souvenir dZi beads are also made of glass and plastic (but it is only imitation, just souvenir).

Now in the market there are “younger” dZi beads, many of which are artificially aged – but they are also very popular. DZi beads cost depends on rarity, quality, and energy put in the bead. Energetic power is the power which followed dZi beads during the whole process of making.

For example, if similar dZi beads were made in large quantities (for sale), they will be cheaper. If dZi bead was made by the monks, they took the stone from holy places, blessed it, said grace, then such dZi bead will cost much more expensive. Just because it has powerful energy.

There are different dZi beads. Most famous (especially among those who are interested in Feng Shui) are classic brown dZi beads made of hard agate with white pattern etching (on the left picture).

The most modern glazed and shiny dZi beads cost not much. They are made for bulk selling. Nevertheless sacral symbols painted on such beads have particular energy too (maybe, it is not so powerful as dZi beads from pagodas have).
crystal dzi beads

There are also cut-glass dZi beads with added Himalayan quartz crystals (on the right picture). These are also modern dZi beads on which the patterns are cut out. It is desirable to additionally bless modern beads in pagoda. Let Buddhist monk-lama say the grace for the bead.

dzi stripOne more modern and not expensive type of dZi beads is black dZi bead made of pressed agate with crackle etching (little cracks as on the left picture). Such cracks are made due to temperature difference. It is artificial aging. These beads are not expensive, but they are not hard. They are very susceptible to different energies and often they live not long splitting into two equal parts.

DZi bead with technological treatment “Dragon skin” is considered to be a very interesting piece of dZi beads. They cost much more expensive and look very authoritative. The picture is below.

One more example is below.

A very good series is dZi beads of bright brown colour with light (often yellow or orange) ends. This is more expensive series. They are harder, more beautiful, often from pagodas and energetically powerful. (But for the last time there are a lot of fakes which can be distinguished by less bright colour and less hard stone).

A very bright and interesting series of dZi beads is the series of dZi beads with so called “leopard spots”. This series is one of expensive nowadays. But its cost depends on the bead age and “stone rumple”. DZi beads of brighter yellow colour are more valuable than others (the picture is below). I will tell you about them in details in my coming articles.

The hole in such dZi beads plays a great role. If it is old and wide or it has the symptoms of wearing – such dZi bead costs more expensive.

I have been travelling around the countries of Eastern Asia and collecting dZi beads for many years. I have rather big collection up to now. I have learnt much about these mysterious Tibetan amulets. I will try to share this information with you. From time to time I will tell you about my Magic Studio, about dZi beads, their usage, types and legends. The types of dZi beads I listed above is a very small part of dZi beads which can be found in Eastern Asia. There are also dZi God’s eye, dZi – 3D figures, carved dZi beads with deities and many others.

Follow the information in my Studio  and you will learn many interesting things.

Natalia

9 thoughts on “Mystery of Tibetan dZi beads

  1. Hi
    This is a very interesting article,
    I live in Finland, I have a Tibetan bead, my grandma gave it to me before she died few years ago, she was quite old then. Before her death, she told me about how important that bead is. She brought the bead from Asia long time a go, and as she was talking she said it is very valuable.
    The beads consist of three differed kind of old stones including one DIZ with 8 eyes (I think) and some other very old stones with two different colours (white and red), seems very old.
    I am thinking of selling all, but I find it difficult to evaluate the price,
    It would be kind of you if you can help me to evaluate the price.
    Regards
    Salmo

    • Hello, Salmo! Thank you for your interest in the article and your comment. I think these old beads from your grandmother should have a good value. However, I do not consider myself a great specialist in the DZi-bead to give an assessment. I’m very uncomfortable, but it’s true.
      Sincerely.
      Natalia

    • hi, you can contact me, send me clear pictures, front, back and ends, specially the holes, if its real i will buy it and give you a good price

  2. Hi there… I have a 12 eye dzi bead. My cousin trades ancient artifacts and gave it to me when i was helping him sell some of his overabundance. He says it is authentic and ancient. How do I go about authenticating my bead?
    My name is Dayna and I hope to hear back from you soon.

    • Dear Dayna! You are lucky! I think you need to contact an expert. Although the expertise relating to archeology and the age of the subject is quite expensive. In any case, you have a good collection items, store them.

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