Karen: dZi beads are a naturally occurring form of agate found in the
Himalayas, primarily in Tibet. The beads are prized among Tibetans
because of the pattern of “eyes” that appear on these cylindrical
beads. Value is determined by the number of eyes, with nine being
very high and rare, and also by the distinctness of the eye pattern.
There are lots of copies and fakes. Because fine dZi beads can bring
several thousand dollars apiece, the Chinese have been flooding the
market with fakes.
If you are interested in the real thing, please contact Pelgye Kelden
at Do Kham in NYC. 212 966-2404. 51 Prince St. New York, NY 10012.
Please tell him I sent you. He is a wonderful resource for these
beads, and very knowledgeable. He is well known and respected in the
Contact me if you need more Doug Zaruba