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Pronounced “zee,” The dZi Beads of Tibet are a wonderful bead for the beginning collector. One of the most treasured beads in the world, these etched agate beads are the stuff of legends. They bring luck and keep evil away. Learn more about these special beads at: http://www.muc.muohio.edu/~delirium/beadstory/.
You can find authentic dZi beads at http://www.dharmashop.com.
Vintage is just a 'fluffy' way of saying the beads are old. Usually, beads that are sold as 'vintage' are ones that are out of production
for some reason. The expensive ones are beads that were made in Europe before WWII. Many of the bead factories in what is now the Czech Republic were shut down or destroyed, and the workers displaced or killed. Many industry secrets about how to create the colors and finishes used were lost. Occasionally, some beads are even older - and caches of beads are found tucked away in old storerooms or someone's basement. Some are quite unusual - and some are just old!
Another tidbit: the colors known as "greasy" (as in "greasy yellow" or "greasy green") came as a result of the beads that were produced after the war. When the bead factories started opening again, the secret of how to properly mix "opal" colors had been lost. The resulting attempts to make these beads resulted in greasy-looking (and rather unappealing) glass colors. Happily, though, they finally rediscovered the method so we have lovely Opal colors again from the Czech Republic.
Memory Wire is an inexpensive and quick way to make a unique choker with collectible beads. Cut it to fit around your neck, add your special bead and a few other complimentary beads if you wish. Use needle-nose pliers to make a hook at each end to clasp the two ends together, and you're done!
Want to wear a different bead tomorrow? Gently straighten one of the hooks on the ends, remove the current beads and add new ones.