Do you have to have the Dzi beads in jewelry, though? No, you do not. You could also just display several beads in an area of your home that can benefit from the protective and magical energy of Dzi beads.
But first, do you know why the Dzi beads are considered to be a powerful protection amulet in feng shui? Almost all feng shui retailers carry variations of Dzi beads jewelry, so it might be helpful to look at some basic facts about these beads.
The Meaning and Origin of Dzi Beads
The word "Dzi" translated from Tibetan means "shine, brightness, clearness, and splendor"; and the Chinese interpretation of "Dzi" is "heaven's pearls." Quite powerful for a small bead, isn't it?
Genuine Dzi beads, also called Tibetan beads, are hard to find, which makes them very expensive. The origin of Dzi beads is somehow covered in mist, but most probably they were made by ancient people from agate by carving specific markings on the stone. You can find all sorts of designs on Dzi beads, from circles to stripes, squares, waves, and more.
Dzi Bead Designs
A specific number of circles seems to be the central design for the Dzi bead (at least in feng shui); as most Dzi beads are classified by the number of eyes/circles they contain. The popular Dzi beads jewelry has up to 7, 12, or 21 eyes; and the meaning of the eye symbol used in jewelry and home decor is really easy to understand.
The image of the eye has always been a very powerful symbol in all ancient cultures. The eye is vigilant, all-seeing and protective, thus the wearer of jewelry with the eye design is somewhat protected by its vigilance.
The closest counterpart to Dzi bead and just as popular is the Turkish eye bead jewelry that serves the same protective purpose as the Dzi bead. Usually made from glass, the deep blue and white colors of the Turkish "evil eye" bead jewelry promote a calm state of mind and reassurance of protection from malevolent energies.
Even though the Turkish eye bead jewelry is used in a variety of charms, from keychains to wall ornaments, the Dzi bead jewelry goes a bit further because it combines the circle/eye design with a variety of other shapes and colors.
Buying Dzi Beads
It might be helpful to know that most of the Dzi beads on the market today are imitations of ancient Dzi beads. The prices for Dzi beads vary greatly, but unless you are a collector of genuine Dzi beads there is no need to spend thousands of dollars in search of a genuine one. You can find a reasonably priced Dzi bead jewelry anywhere from $25 to $60, depending on the type of jewelry and surrounding crystals.
The most desired Dzi beads are made from agate or carnelian and have a weathered look that is thought to give them more power. The modern Dzi beads also have many inventive designs. Along with agate and carnelian beads, you can find beautiful Dzi beads manufactured from such materials as glass, wood, ceramics, various metals, as well as cheap plastic versions.