This is a rare ancient dZi bead from Tibet or Central Asia. It is I think a beautiful example of a genuine bead. Have a good look as I did. It is as found. It had been donated to a charity, so unfortunately I do not know its history. It was set in a modern necklace with Malachite gem stones and silver fittings including a clasp with inset amethyst stone. The silver is marked 925. To me the clasp looks Indian or Nepalese. I have looked very carefully at this bead and it is my opinion that it is a genuine dZi bead. Please have a look and make your own decision. I have tried to photograph the bead as best I can trying to show you some of the qualities I think help determine its authenticity. One of the first things to look for are the signs of true ageing, which are the tiny, natural, circular cracks or blemishes that appear on the surface of the bead. Another telltale sign is Blood Spots or Cinnabar spots, most likely caused by particles of iron oxidizing within the stone, these are also known as Martik to the Tibetans, for whom these spots have much significance. If you look at the bead carefully you will see proper signs of natural aging and Cinnabar spots. This bead however I think is the real deal. Please feel free to ask questions and offer opinions. The item “DZi bead 3 eye ancient Tibetan gZi set in modern Malachite & silver necklace” is in sale since Monday, December 18, 2017. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Beads\Pre-1400″. The seller is “wetcoast-99″ and is located in Victoria, British Columbia. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France.
DZi bead 3 eye ancient Tibetan gZi set in modern Malachite & silver necklace