Gemstone Review – Auspicious Tibetan Dzi Beads – agate gemstone
agate gemstone –
Few beads are surrounded by as much myth and mystery as the Dzi bead (say zee). The 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-
· That they were not made by man but created by the gods, that they bring luck and ward off evil
· That they protect the wearer from physical harm by taking the abuse upon themselves
· That the bead itself will choose its owner and will not stay with an unlucky person.
Tibetan Dzi Beads and AgateDzi (pronounced “zee”) originated from Tibet and the Himalayan mountains. In Tibetan this word can simply be translated to bring good meanings of ‘splendour’, brightness and shine”.
Dzi is a supernatural gemstone talisman that treasures magical powers. It comes in different shapes and sizes and are dark colored agate beads etched with a number of eyes, heavenly patterns and auspicious symbols. The Dzi is originated from the land of mythical Buddhist lamas Tibet and is endorsed by all to possess protective, enhancing, curative and healing powers. It often brings fantastic good fortune, prosperity, wealth and good health to the owner as well.
Wearing the powerful talismanic Dzi is believed to dissipate such negativities depending on their patterns and usage. New Dzi beads is said to be those that were etched recently. Since the material used for both the old and the new beads are agate, the difference between them lies in the timing the etchings were done.
Formed under the earth a long time ago, agate is one of nature’s precious gifts to mankind and has been well accepted as a stone that radiate good energy. The price of Dzi beads is based mainly on its quality.
The size, the skin texture, the clarity of the etched lines and its overall appeal are among some factors to consider when buying a Dzi bead, be it an old or a new piece.
Dzi bead (pronounced zee) is a bead stone of mysterious origin worn as a necklace or sometimes bracelet. Collectively in almost all Asian cultures the bead is expected to provide positive spiritual benefit. They are generally prized as protective amulets.
Dzi stones may have decorated symbols composed of circles, ovals, square, waves (zig zags), stripes, lines, and diamonds, and Various other natural archetypal symbolic patterns. Colours will mainly range from brown to black with the pattern usually being in ivory white. The number of eyes on the stone usually signify different meanings. (Dzi have only circular designs).
Dzi stones may have made their first appearance between 2000 BC to 1000 BC, in ancient India. Fear of the “evil eye” was taken very seriously by these people, so they created talismans with eyes on them as a fight fire with fire form of protection.
While the origin surrounding Dzi beads is quite uncertain, it is socially accepted today that they are called Tibetan beads. They are found primarily in Tibet, but also in neighbouring Bhutan, Ladakh and Sikkim. Shepherds and farmers pick them up in the grasslands or while cultivating fields. Because Dzi are found in the earth, Tibetans cannot conceive of them as being man-made. Since knowledge of the bead is derived from oral traditions, few beads have provoked more controversy concerning their source, method of manufacture and even precise definition. In Tibetan culture they are believed to attract protector deities.
Due to the unknown origin and high demand of the beads, there has been unquestionable counterfeiting in Asia. Some are replicas having been created for decorative purposes, and are accepted by the general public. In Chinese culture, a necklace is believed to be genuine if it was obtained without monetary exchange, for example from a Temple. The other cultural requirement is that one should not request or bribe the bead.
– Auspicious Tibetan Dzi Beads
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