Monday, January 04, 2016


Read the latest John Vincent Bellezza article discussing 
the ancient dZi beads discovered in Spiti, India.

Thursday, November 19, 2015




Ancient Green Jasper Bead
Western Asiatic
32 mm x 30 mm



Ancient Green Jasper Bead
Western Asiatic
28 mm x 21 mm

Ancient Green Chalcedony Bead
Western Asiatic
31 mm x 20 mm


Ancient Green Jasper Bead
Western Asiatic
32 mm x 19 mm

Large Ancient Green Jasper Bead
Western Asiatic
47 mm x 27 mm


Ancient Green Chalcedony Bead
Western Asiatic
44 mm x 22 mm

Wednesday, November 18, 2015




Newly created dZi beads from Taiwan and China
from 1990s production up to the present day.

Thursday, July 23, 2015



Huge antique Tibetan silver bead with copper core
Collected in Tibet in the 1980s
47 mm x 38 mm

Monday, April 06, 2015


Above: Various ancient glass beads with eyes and stripes.
Designed to imitate naturally banded agate. 


Above: more glass beads that imitate banded agate.


Above: glass imitating banded agate.


Above: glass imitating banded agate.



Above: glass imitating banded agate.


Above: glass imitating banded agate.


Above: glass imitating banded agate


Above: glass imitating banded agate


Above: glass imitating banded agate

Above: Antique glass imitation dZi beads. Possibly of Chinese origin. 
The large nine eye (55 mm x 14 mm) is ceramic and 
is probably a mid 20th C bead from India.


Above: This four eyed glass bead is distinct in that it has yellow lines.
28 mm x 12 mm


Above: This two eyed glass bead is distinct in that it has orangey brown lines.
22 mm x 11 mm


Above: This nine eyed glass bead is distinct in that it has
additional red rings around some of the eyes. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015



Archaeologists have recently discovered an ancient dZi bead in Tibet and have dated the find to the 2nd century CE. Read more

Thursday, February 12, 2015


Ancient Indo-Tibetan Agate Bead
29.5 mm

Saturday, January 31, 2015


Ancient Rock Crystal Bead (Burma)
27.5 mm x 14 mm

Thursday, December 04, 2014


A newly created Chong dZi (not ancient) from China
53 mm x 11.5 mm

Monday, November 17, 2014


Ancient Single Stripe dZi Bead
26 mm x 10 mm

Ancient Chong dZi with four stripes
39.5 mm x 11 mm

Ancient Chong dZi with dense blood spots
30 mm x 10 mm

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Ancient Luk Mik dZi
Tabular Agate Eye Bead
27.5 mm

Thursday, September 11, 2014




Antique Turquoise with Antqiue Coral
Beads sourced in Tibet and Nepal

Wednesday, August 20, 2014




Ancient Single Stripe Chong dZi
(Mostly opaque white ends with dark central zone)
34 mm x 11.5 mm

Friday, August 08, 2014


A Tibetan man wearing a necklace of dZi beads.
Darjeeling. c 1920s

Friday, June 13, 2014


Today, Friday the 13th of June is the auspicious celebration of Saga Dawa in the Tibetan lunar calendar. This full moon day traditionally marks the time of the historical Buddha's enlightenment and parinirvana. It is regarded by Tibetans as the holiest day of the year and is an important time for Dharma practice, making offerings and pilgrimage. All meritorious acts are believed to be multiplied by 10 Million times on this day.

Sarva Mangalam! 

Monday, June 02, 2014





Large Ancient Phum dZi 
51 mm x 19 mm