What are Dzi Beads?
Dzi beads are rare agate stone beads that are primarily found in the Himalayan mountainous regions of Tibet, eastern Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, Ladakh and other places. These beads have been passed down from generation to generation among and within ethnic Tibetan and Nepalese families for about 2500 years. According to legends, dzi beads were originally considered to be "god's treasures" which made their way down to earth, and were later discovered by the Tibetan people. To this day, Tibetan people still believe dzi beads to be sacred stones that descended from heaven. The Tibetans have theorized that divine origin rendered dzi beads to be precious and powerful talismans that promote prosperity, luck, wealth, success and protection, by enhancing their owners abilities. Thus, bringing forth their attention and dedication to the present moment.
Dzi beads come in many different types of patterns and designs, which in Buddhism, symbolize a wide variety of different things about life and the universe. The most common and widely worn Dzi beads are the ones that resemble eyes. There are the one eye, the two eyes, the three eyes and going up to the nine eyes, and twelve eyes, seventeen eyes and even one hundred eyes. And naturally, the more eyes on a dzi bead, means the higher the price.
To this day, the profound creation of dzi beads remains shrouded in mystery. Despite the countless stories of Tibetan lore that talk about the divine, magical or mystical origin of them, there are still no official historical documentations of any kind. It's almost as if, one of these dzi bead legends is perhaps true; these beads just may be of divine origin.
When you really stop to think about it, it is quite fascinating and profound that you can actually own and wear an ancient Buddhist relic, that's been passed down from Buddhist to Buddhist or even monk to monk, generation after generation, for the past 2500 years. And it's still almost fully intact and with a visible pattern. I'd say it's definitely worth owning one of these little stones. If at all, just to hold it in your hand and feel the weight, texture and moisture of it, and of course the gravity of knowing how astonishingly old it actually is - pondering where it has been and what it has seen. There is nothing in the world quite like a real authentic genuine dzi bead.
To learn more about the various types of dzi beads, their properties, symbolism and powers, visit our dzi beads blog.