The meaning of the Tibetan word “dzi” translates to shine, brightness, clearness, splendor. ” In Mandarin Chinese, dzi are called “heaven’s bead” or “heaven’s pearl (tin zh). Pronounced “zee”; alternative spelling: gzi is a type of stone bead of uncertain origin worn as part of a necklace and sometimes as a bracelet. In several Asian cultures, including that of Tibet, the bead is considered to provide positive spiritual benefit. These beads are generally prized as protective amulets and are sometimes ground into a powder to be used in traditional Tibetan medicine. Beads subject to this process have small “dig marks” where a portion of the bead has been scraped or ground away to be included in the medicine. Some dzi exhibit grinding and polishing of one or both ends, again the result of reduction for use in traditional Tibetan medicine or, in some cases, due to the bead’s use as a burnishing tool in the application of gold leaf to thanka paintings or gilt bronze statuary. Dzi beads are made from agate, and may have decorative symbols composed of circles, ovals, squares, waves or zig zags, stripes, lines, diamonds, dots, and various other archetypal and symbolic patterns. Colors mainly range from brown to black, with the pattern usually in ivory white. Dzi beads can appear in different colours, shapes, and sizes; the surface is usually smooth and waxy, presumably resulting from wear over a long period of time. Sometimes the natural patterns (usually “layered” swirls) of the agate can be seen underneath or behind the decorative symbols and designs, and sometimes not. Some dzi beads exhibit what are referred to as “blood spots, ” which are tiny red dots in the white areas, indicative of iron content. This is a highly desirable characteristic among collectors, but relatively rare.  Another desirable effect is “Nga skin, ” in which the surface of the bead exhibits tiny circular weathering marks that resemble scales. Some dzi beads are simply polished agate, with no other decoration than the natural banding of the stone. The number of “eyes, ” circular designs on the stone, is considered significant. The symbolic meaning of these beads is based on the number and arrangement of the dots. Length : 4.5 cm / 1.77 in. Width: 1.3 cm. / 0.51 in. The item “Tibetan buddhism antique heaven & earth DZI bead ancient amulet pray bead” is in sale since Monday, December 3, 2018. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Religion & Spirituality\Buddhism\Jewelry & Watches”. The seller is “goldenwheat007″ and is located in , . This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: China
Tibetan buddhism antique heaven & earth DZI bead ancient amulet pray bead