Saturday, November 25, 2017

Above: The round dig or weathering on this side reveals the original colour
of the stone (greyish white). This was the colour of the agate/chalcedony
before it was treated to turn it to a more desirable black.

Ancient decorated agate bead
w/ 'railtrack' and mountain peak motif.
21 mm x 12.5 mm

An unusual 'new' dZi bead from China (less than 5 years old) that has been purposely broken in half and polished smooth. It is clearly an attempt to look like an ancient damaged bead. What is interesting about this bead is that the decorated lines have also been framed and inlaid with silver or a silver coloured metal. It is quite an attractive effect, however, this was not a technique used to decorate dZi beads in ancient times.

Friday, July 14, 2017

A new book on 'Himalayan dZi Beads' by the Chinese author Xiaoli Zhu has just been published. It is currently only available in Chinese, however, there is a content section in English. It is packed full of beautiful images of dZi beads and there are few pages dedicated to Pumtek and Thogchags. A number of beads from our own blog have also been featured. 

ISBN 978-7-5494-1621-9

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Ancient Western Asiatic Carnelian Bead
28.5 mm

Ancient Western Asiatic decorated carnelian.
18 mm

Ancient Carnelian Lion Bead
South East Asia
17 mm x 17 mm

Monday, February 27, 2017

Losar Tashi Delek! Happy Tibetan New Year! 
February 27th - Year of the Fire Rooster

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Tibetan or Bhutia woman circa 1920s.
The dZi beads on this necklace 
may well be glass imitations.