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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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There are many types of different authentic Tibetan old dzi beads released, from one eyed dzi bead, two eyed dzi bead, three eyed dzi bead and more. Some of the very rare Tibetan dzi beads released are nine eyed dzi bead. The batch of nine eyed dzi bead is having larger size and longer in shape than other typical Tibetan dzi bead. Nine eyed dzi bead is very rare and very special for the Tibetan. Only those senior or high rank officers are wearing nine eyed dzi bead, to show their status in the society.
One of the very special dzi bead released is nine eyed longevity dzi bead. This bead combines the motif of nine-eye and longevity dzi, symbolized status, power and health.

Another batch of special dzi bead released is those with Buddha eye pattern, The round eye pattern is the most commonly found. Those with Buddha eye and even Diamond eye pattern are the most difficultly found in Tibet. Many Tibetan would not let go this type of bead unless they have special reasons.
There are also many Goat’s eye dzi bead aka LUMIK in Tibet that are released together. One of the most special Lumik is having a Australia map on top of its surface. The eye of Lumik is usually round but this special one looks like an Australia landscape!! Amazing. Another piece of Lumik is holeless, which is quite rare to encounter even ones go to Tibet.

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Sunday, April 05, 2009

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New Tibetan Dzi Bead released today by, an online store that sells natural crystal, jewelry and ornament, dzi bead from Tibet, precious & semi precious gemstone and Feng Shui auspicious items. These dzi beads are previously available in Japan only.

Penang, Malaysia ( 1, Apr, 2009 – has released three new types of Tibetan Dzi Bead and available for customer order now. The new dzi beads are Mahakala dzi bead, Saraswati dzi bead and Dragon God dzi bead. These three types of dzi bead are exclusively found in Japan only for the last 10 years. In fact, it is rarely seen in China and other Asia countires.

The first one is Mahakala or Gonpo Dzi Bead. Mahakala is a Dharmapala which means "protector of dharma" in Tibetan and Japanese Shingon Buddhism. Additionally, in Japanese Buddhism, Mahakala (Jpn: Daikoku), belongs to the fourth hierarchy of deities (tenbu). It is believed that Mahakala is able to help the wearer to pacify sickness, hindrances and troubles; increase life qualities and wisdom; attract and obtain wearer’s needs and destroy confusion, doubt and ignorance.,shop.product_details/flypage,flypage_new.tpl/product_id,622/category_id,13/option,com_virtuemart/Itemid,27/

The second dzi bead is Saraswati/Benzaiten Dzi Bead. Hindus believe that Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge, music and the arts. Saraswati has been identified with the Vedic Saraswati River. She is considered as consort of Brahma, the Hindu god of creation. Thus, with the goddesses Lakshmi and Parvati or Durga, she forms the Tridevi ("three goddesses"), who are consorts of the male trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, respectively. Saraswati is also a figure in Mahayana Buddhism, where she first appears in the Golden Radiance Sutra of the late 4th or early 5th Century, a relatively late Mahayana Sutra. The Saraswati/Benzaiten Dzi Bead is believe to bestow monetary fortune, protector-deity and enhance carrer luck.

Lastly, the Dragon God Dzi Bead; Dragon is the symbol of Chinese Emperor and representing accumulation of power, wealth, prosperity. This dzi bead is best for creating lucks and improving Feng Shui. It is the best alternative to the superior Dragon Eyed dzi bead.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

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Interesting Places in Penang

My old friend, CM, from United State visited us recently, together with his family. I took them to several places in Penang and tried out our authentic local foods of Penang. They took a lot of photos during the trip. However, due to time constraint, we are not able to cover all the must-visit places during the short trip. They sent me the photos after went back to home country. Here are some of photos taken during our tour together with brief information of the places. I attached some of the information I searched from Internet. You can go to the respective websites to view full write up by following the URL attached.

Little India

Penang's Little India is a colorful place which offers many specialised Indian stores and eating places. Take time to indulge in Indian specialities like spices, Indian music, garlands, trinkets and gold jewelry.,%20penang.html

Kuan Yin Temple

Kuan Yin temple which is located at Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (previously known as Pitts street), are doubt as one of the oldest Chinese temple in Penang. With history dated back to 1800, Kuan Yin temple is the symbol of pride, compassion and love to all her loyal devotees.The Goddess of Mercy or Kuan Yin is perhaps one of the noticeable figures of all Buddhist deities in Penang today. She enlightened and embodies the attributes of benevolence and unshakable loving compassion that is accessible to everyone.The popularity of Kuan Yin as a beautiful white-robed goddess filled with pure devotion and compassion are well known to the people of Penang. Kuan Yin statue is commonly found in homes and Buddhist temples in various incarnations, often cloaked in white robes.

View of Penang from Komtar Tower
Penang Road Laksa and Cendol
Cendol is a favourite desert among locals. It is easily identified – green pandan flavoured noodles in white coconut milk with brown sugar and red beans. Sweet heavenly stuff, super cheap and ultra good. We went to the best cendol in town: off Penang Road, opposite of the Police Headquarters; The famous Penang Laksa is extremely popular, especially among ladies for its spicy, sweet, and sour taste. This is strictly a hawker fare, as one is unlikely to find great laksa in any fancy restaurant. It is basically coarse rice noodles in a sour based fish soup with assam, sprinkled with shavings of 'bunga kantang', onions, sliced chilli, cucumber and pineapple; topped with thick black fish paste.
Reclining Buddha of the Wat Chayamangkalaram
This beautiful gold plated reclining Buddha of the Wat Chayamangkalaram (Thai budhhist temple) is said to be the 3rd largest of its kind (but the truth is that it is not), with its 33 meters length. The temple was built in 1845 on a land (5 acres) which was donated by Queen Victoria to the Thai community. The first monk was a Theravada Buddhist monk from Thailand, Phorthan Kuat, also known as the “Powerful Monk”.
Dhammikarama Burmese Temple
Standing tall among all the beautiful and mysterious temples in Penang is the Dhammikarama Burmese Temple. As the first Buddhist temple to be built in Penang back in 1803, Dhammikarama is a temple filled with striking features and rich past.It provides a historical evidence of Burmese occupation in Penang as well as the retreat for Buddhist devotees. The temple is located at the enclave of Burmah Lane in Pulau Tikus alongside another magnificent architecture of Wat Chaiya (A Thai Buddhist temple).
Botanical Garden
Begun in 1884, the garden is dedicated to its first superintendent Charles Curtis, who initiated the collection of local botanical specimens which have earned important placing in the world's herbariums. Penang's 30 hectare Botanical Gardens are off Waterfall Rd and are also known as the Waterfall Gardens after the stream that cascades through them down from Penang Hill. Its waterfall is among the best in Penang, but visitors need to apply for a special permission weeks in advance to enter the reserved jungle. They've also been dubbed the Monkey Gardens, due to the many monkeys that appear on the lawn for a feed early each morning and late each afternoon. The gardens also have a small zoo and from there a path leads up Penang Hill..
Snake Temple
The Snake Temple is situated in Sungai Kluang, Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia and is perhaps the only temple of its kind in the world. The temple is filled with the smoke of burning incense and a variety of pit vipers. The vipers are believed to be rendered harmless by the sacred smoke, but as a safety precaution, the snakes have also been de-venomed but still have their fangs intact, visitors are warned against picking up the reptiles and placing them on their bodies for taking pictures. Local devotees believe that the temple's snake population has come there of its own accord.The temple was built circa 1850 in memory of Chor Soo Kong, by a Buddhist monk who moved to Penang. Chor Soo Kong was born with the Tan surname in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). He was very serious about spiritual attainment and was ordained at a young age. Legend has it that Chor Soo Kong, who was also a healer, gave shelter to the snakes of jungle. When he died at the age of 65 after a lifetime of good deeds, he was bestowed the honorific title Chor Soo, meaning an eminent historic figure continuously revered by a community generation after generation. After the completion of the temple, snakes appeared on their own accord. The Snake Temple was originally named the "Temple of the Azure Cloud" in honor of the beauty of Penang's sky.Believers from as far away as Singapore and Taiwan come to pray in the temple on Chor Soo Kong's birthday (the sixth day of the first lunar month).

Thursday, November 20, 2008

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Gemstone - Agate


Tan Chin Hock

Agate is a beautiful mineral that occurs in an amazing variety of colors, shapes and patterns. Agate is a unique stone that is part of the quartz family, or in scientific terms SiO2 (silicone dioxide), characterised by its fineness of grain and brightness of color. Although agates may be found in various kinds of rock, they are classically associated with volcanic rocks but can be common in certain metamorphic rocks which are the result of the transformation of a pre-existing rock types.

Slide agate pendant, the unique pattern of agate can be clearly detected from this picture.

Red agate is the most commonly found agate

Red agate set into David Star pendant.

Metamorphic rocks make up a large part of the Earth’s crust and are classified by texture, chemical and mineral assemblage. Chalcedony is more soluble than quartz under low-temperature conditions, despite the two minerals being chemically identical.

Agate is a variety of chalcedony formed from layers of quartz which usually show varicolored bands and multicolored schemes. It usually occurs as rounded nodules or veins. Scientists believe that Agate is created when gas bubbles inside of cooling lava include saline water. These gas bubbles with saline water turn into a gel. Since there is salt in the water, it attacks the surrounding iron in the lava and creates bands. These bands are extremely intricate and beautiful. It should be noted that no two stones are the same, making each agate stone unique and more precious.

Eyed agate pendant.

Black and white banding on Botswana agate bracelet.

Agate can be found all over the world including Africa, Asia, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Nepal, and the USA. Idar- Oberstein district in Germany is well known for the abundance of Agate.

According to Greek legend, agate was found in the river Achates, which is now called the
Drillo River, located in Sicily. However, there is evidence that stone-age men in Western Europe used agate more than 15,000 years ago.

Some named varieties are: moss agate, eye agate, blue lace agate, Irish agate, rainbow agate, snake skin agate; and plume agate, which look like it's filled with beautiful feather plumes.

The beauty of Botswana agate (red, white, black) in bracelet form.

A very rare type of Botswana agate - Malachite agete (Red, Green, Yellow, White). One of the best quality and hardly found in the market.

The Malachite agate is cut according to the shape of the eye hence produces this unique pendant.

Dendritic agate contains visible impurities in the form of "dendrites", these are branching figures or markings which closely resemble moss, a shrub or form of a tree.

Raw agate is very ugly and dull. It must be polished to give it its beautiful qualities. Raw agate comes in round shape, most craftsmen will find the intricacies of each stone and draw out its true shape and beauty.

The unpolished and uncut rough of blue lace agate.

The beauty of blue lace agate explored after cutting and polishing process.

The unpolished and uncut rough of Botswana agate.

The Botswana agate looks so different after polishing. Amazing!

Agate is usually created into beautiful stones that are then placed on rings, as charms, bracelets, necklaces, brooches, dream catchers etc. Agate is very strong, resists acid and is an excellent stone to work with when it comes to jewelry. Agate is also used in beautiful mosaics and picture frames.

Black agate has it's own name - ONYX. It is often make into elegent jewelry set.

The black and white contrast from the combination of onyx, cubic zirconia and silver enhances the beauty of the stone.

Agate is the mystical birthstone for September and the birth stone for the Zodiac sign of Gemini.

Agate was highly valued as a talisman or amulet in ancient times. It was said to quench thirst and protect against fever or
making one invisible or protecting one from sickness. Persian magicians used agate to divert storms. Today, Agate comes in many different varieties on almost any type of jewelry piece.

Pink agate is alsoone of the rare agate type.

A famous collection of two to four thousand agate bowls which was accumulated by Mithridates, king of Pontus, shows the enthusiasm with which agate was regarded. Agate bowls were also popular in the Byzantine Empire. Collecting agate bowls became common among European royalty during the Renaissance and many museums in Europe, including the Louvre, have spectacular examples.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

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Meet the Evil Eye

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I bought this evil eye back from Turkey.Evil Eye - First recorded by the Mesopotamians about 5,000 years ago in cuneiform on clay tablets, the Evil Eye may actually have originated as early as the Upper Paleolithic age.

I traveled to Turkey during a business trip early this year. The weather at Istanbul is still very cold at that time.

When I started to venture into bead trading business, I have read a lot about “Nazar Boncuk” from Turkey a very long time ago. However I could not find one in Malaysia or any countries nearby.

This is a typical item, a specialty of this region that you should take home as a souvenir. I finally have a chance to visit the country that produces this special eyed stone. The entire trip became very exciting!

According to the Turkish, Nazar Boncuk is the Little Magic Stone that protects one from the ”Evil Eye”. The force of the evil eye (or Nazar) is a widely accepted and feared random element in Turkish daily life. The word “Nazar” denotes seeing or looking and is often used in literally translated phrases such as "Nazar touched her," in reference to a young woman, for example, who mysteriously goes blind. Nearly every Turkish mother fixes with a safety pin this small amulet on the child's clothes. Once this amulet is found cracked, it means it has protected the baby and immediately a new one has to replace it.

You can find this amulet from many places in Turkey. As a tourist, you should visit Grand Bazaar at Nuruosmaniye. There are thousands of things you can find and purchase in the Grand Bazaar. The evil eye can be found easily here. It comes in many colors. One of the local people told me that only the blue color one is original. Other colors are not effective.
Here are the evil eye items that I brought back from Turkey.

No long ago, a customer from Peru visited my retail store at Gurney Plaza, Penang. She saw the Nazar Boncuk that I left unattended. She told me I should hang the Evil Eye with red string at the top of the door frame. This will help me ward off evil and bad luck.

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By the way, I was staying at Polat Renaissance Hotel. It is a very nice hotel with excellent sea view.

The picture of Polat Renaissance Hotel taken from seaside.
There is a evil eye hanging at the top of door frame in the hotel.Another part of the hotel.
Seaview pictures taken from my hotel room.
There is a restaurant called Fener just next to the hotel. The manager is very friendly and very service orientated. The seafood is very fresh and tasty. So good that we visited this restaurant two times for dinner.
There are also many shopping malls and good restaurants around Istanbul. If you have the chance to visit Istanbul, do take your time to get good foods and go to good places in Turkey!

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

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The Legends of Tibetan Dzi Bead


The Legend of Tibetan Dzi Bead





Tan Chin Hock


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The Potala Palace located in Lhasa Tibet Autonomous Region China, was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India after a failed uprising in 1959. Today the Potala Palace is a state museum of China and it is a popular tourist attraction; was named as one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World".

Tah-shi de-leh! (Greeting in Tibetan language) If you have the chance to visit The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston or The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, most likely you will find a unique bead called Dzi – a stunning contrasts of black and white (or dark brown) bead of etched or treated agate, that is revered in Tibet.

In 1959 the Dalai Lama and many Tibetans fled abroad when the Chinese communists invaded
Tibet. They took much valuable jewelry with them, such as coral, amber, turquoise and the mysterious dzi beads. The refugees sold these valuables during the journey in exchange for their daily needs. It was that time the world was exposed to this precious jewel from the Land of Snow

Dzi or Gzi (pronounced as “zee”) in Tibetan word mean “good retribution, dignity and perfection”. The authentic “Pure Dzi” and “Chung Dzi” are found primarily in
Tibet, and the “dzi family” can be found in neighboring countries such as India, Bhutan, Ladakh, Sikkim and Nepal. The later are “etched carnelian” and the history can be traced back to 5000 years ago where its main sources were Mesopotamia, Afghanistan and India.


"Pure" dzi beads, in the traditional Tibetan system for evaluating dzi, are regarded as the most valuable and desirable variety.

Etched agate beads not considered pure are called “Chung Dzi”, or "secondary, less important dzi". Lastly, “etched carnelian” is not recognized by the Tibetan. Chung dZi has such a huge variety of shapes, sizes and designs, from plain natural carnelian or striped agate, to huge, beads with many etched lines and patterns, that they would be impossible to value.


A brown and milky white body color Tibetan dzi. The round brown dot surrounded by white circle is the eye of dzi. There are five “eyes” on this bead (called dzi mig inga pa in Tibetan language); three can be seen clearly from this photo, the other two are at the rear part of the dzi. The reader could also easily detect the weathering mark on the surface of the dzi bead. This authentic pure five-eyed dzi is a high value old bead.


The striped dzi (dkar khra men in Tibetan language) is considered the chung dzi.


Not all pure dzi comes in the shape of tube. The above goat’s eye dzi (Lumik in Tibetan language) is in round shape. This bead is the traditional and effective amulet for Tibetan when they are traveling.


The back of the above goat’s eye dzi forms a beautiful pattern that looks like an aura. This dzi is a sovereign piece among the topmost group of dzi.


The Origin of Dzi Bead

The dzi bead is one of the most mysterious of all the beads known to human being today. Numerous attempts to trace back to their source yield fruitlessly although many dzi beads have been passed down from generations to generations. They exist seemingly in isolation, as if snapped from a chain, with no links to their past. It is unclear to many bead scholars the exact origin of dzi bead, why, when and how it was manufactured. The fact is these tiny stone beads patterned with mystical eyes are one of the most treasured beads in the world today. The Tibetans believe the dzi beads are the precious jewels with supernatural origin.

There are many myths and legends in
Tibet describing the origin of the bead. Among the many myths and legends that follow the dzi, the main belief is that the gods created them. The Tibetan theorized divine origin rendered the dzi to be precious and powerful talismans. Most Tibetans will not let go of it because this may cause bad luck to them. In addition, the rarity of the bead makes them as valuable as diamonds in Tibet

Most Tibetans believe that the dzi were once insects that lived in a kind of nest call “dzi tshang” in
. When the insects were unearthed they will continue to move for a while and eventually become petrified in the form of dzi that exist today. There are stories say that the dzi were once insects but became petrified by the touch of human hand, or by the people with good karma, or by woman’s shirt.

Another legend said that there was a time when
Tibet was overwhelmed by severe epidemic and the Tibetans were facing very hard life. Fortunately, the compassionate Vajravarahi Buddha came to rescue by releasing the magical Dzi Beads from the sky. The beads are believed to bring good luck, ward off evil, and protect the wearer from physical harm.


The painting of Vajravarahi Buddha in the Tibetan Tangka

One of the stories describes the dzi were once wore by semi-gods in heaven as ornaments during ancient times. When the dzi gradually blemished, the semi-god throw it to the earth. Therefore, no one can ever find the beads in perfect condition.

It is also believed that the dzi beads were made from meteorites fell from outer space thousands of years ago. The magnetic field of dzi bead is three times stronger than the normal crystals.

Another legend tells the story that after Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) built the first temple (Samye Monastery) in
Tibet, he was blessed with dzi beads by the heavenly beings. Guru Rinpoche then buried the dzi beads all over Tibet, each with specific prayer, blessing or spiritual insight. Hundreds of year later, King Gesar of Ling Kingdom had defeated the Tagzig Kingdom, he found maps that led him to discover rare treasures, including millions of dzi beads. King Gesar brought them back as the spoils of military conquest to reward soldiers.


Image of Guru Rinpoche in Samye Monastery.


King Gesar of Tibet


Image of Guru Rinpoche with various old dzi beads.


Zambala - The God of Wealth in Tibet is wearing various old dzi beads (3 eyed, seven eyed and nine eyed) strung with red agate beads.

The Buddhism spread to Tibet during the Tang Dynasty approximately 1,300 years ago. The Tang Emperor Taizong sent his adopted daughter, Princess Wencheng, to become the bride of the 32nd King of Tibet, Songtsen Gampo, as a strategy to harmonize the relationship between Tibet and China. Princess Wencheng brought along with her Buddhism and an image of the twelve-year-old Jobo Sakyamuni. The diadem, cape and decorative straps worn by the image of the young Buddha are studded with many pearls, agates, turquoises, corals and dzi beads. They look extremely splendid. The most precious are the three pieces of nine-eyed dzi on the diadem. Other dzi beads, around hundreds in number, display various designs including waves and tiger-tooth. At present, the image is housed and worshipped in the Jokhang Monastery.



Image of Jobo Sakyamuni in Jokhang Monastery is decorated with hundreds of dzi beads, corals and turquoise.


Criteria to Identify Dzi Bead

There are many criteria to identify dzi bead such as the weathering marks, cinnabar dot, diaphaneity, circular dragon mark, body color, surface pattern, degree of perfection etc. The value of a dzi bead is determined after considering factors mentioned above. The buyers are advised to understand these criteria before making any purchases. Hopefully readers are able to appreciate the value of dzi beads with the descriptions and photos below

1. Weathering Marks

Weathering marks are signs of aging and represent the age of a dzi bead. They are the tine lines of different thickness running irregularly on the surface of the dzi bead. However, not every old dzi bead will have the weathering marks.


The weathering marks can be detected from the center of this three eyed dzi (dzi mig gsum pa in Tibetan language).

2. Cinnabar Dots

Cinnabar Dots are the red or black speckles that grow from within the body of dzi to its surface. It is possible that these cinnabar dots are the effects of the magnetic interaction between the dzi and the human body after a very long time. There are two types of cinnabar dot: the red and the black cinnabar dot. The red one is more popular among the wearers. Dzi bead with black cinnabar dot is believed to have longer history or older than the red one. This is due to the observation that the red cinnabar dot will eventually turn into black after a few generations. However, dzi beads with cinnabar dots are extremely difficult to find thus the price usually very high.



A few red cinnabar dots can be seen at the white color body part of this two eyed dzi (dzi mig gnyis pa in Tibetan language).


A few black cinnabar dots can be seen at the white color body part of this five eyed dzi (dzi mig gnyis inga in Tibetan language).

3. Diaphaneity

Diaphaneity is the transparency of the dzi body, which is the ability to allow light to pass through. It was once used as the method to identify the authentication of dzi beads. It was later concluded that this could be very misleading as many authentic old dzi are not transparent. Therefore, this should not be the ONLY criteria to determine the value of Dzi.


4. Circular Dragon Marks

Circular dragon marks are the natural streaks that circulate the body of dzi. These marks are propitious signs resulted from the meditative practice of the gurus. The circular dragon marks should complete a full circle on the body of dzi and should not cut through the eye of dzi. If both conditions are not fulfilled, the value of such dzi will drop drastically.


This unique three eyed dzi fulfills both conditions mentioned above. It is not surprise that the value of this particular bead can go up as high as USD3000.

5. Body Color

The body color of dzi could give the indication of its age. The younger bead will have body color of shining black and white; the older one varies from dark brown to light brown. Old dzi are more expensive and appreciated by collectors.


This three eyed dzi has light brown body color, indicating it is an very old dzi.

6. Motif

The motif of the dzi bead can determine the value of the dzi. The common patterns have the lower value. The unusual patterns that are difficult to find will have higher value.


Dzi bead on the top is a common pattern two eyed dzi. The two eyed dzi at the bottom has less common pattern thus can be sold at higher price.



Three eyes of rather irregular shapes run diagonally across the front while the back shows shapes of various overlapping each other. This piece is ranked among dzi of the topmost grade.



Of all three eyed dzi, those with three Buddha eyes are the most sought-after.7. Size of Dzi

The dzi with larger size will be at higher value.


The three difference sizes of Guan Yin Dzi.8. Defect Quality Dzi

Sometimes you can find authentic dzi bead at very low price. This is because such dzi could be the “reject” quality.





For example, you can detect visible banding (line) that cut through the eye of the bead. This is viewed as bad signs and one should not wear such dzi.



The bead above has one side looks like normal dzi. However, the back of the same bead have difference color and looks dirty. Such unevenness is viewed as reject.


The color of this bead looks dirty and the eye is not clear due to smear effect. It should be rejected.


The color of this bead looks dirty and the eye is not clear due to smear effect. It should be rejected.


This bead has the unusual triangle that cut through the white lines as well as smear color.{mospagebreak}Imitation Dzi
With the value of authentic dzi beads at the increasing trend, the market is now flooded with imitation dzi beads by using glass or poly. These have confused many buyers.


The internal color of the broken authentic pure dzi bead (right) is mainly ivory white, with the black color only covering one third of the radius. The broken imitation dzi on the left demonstrates white line just printed on the surface, the internal body looks unnatural. However, you do not have to break the dzi bead to inspect the internal structure. There are many other techniques to identify the dzi.



Various types of imitation dzi bead that can be found easily in the market.


Blood vein (or Golden Vein) dzi bead - Pure dzi was put through temperature cycle to create micro-crack lines on the surface of the bead. The coloring agent was then forced into the gaps of the crack lines. The effect is red color lines like blood vein running on the surface of the bead. This type of dzi bead can be broken easily as the temperature cycle process already damage the internal structure of the dzi.

The Meaning of Dzi Bead Motif

One-Eyed-Dzi-Function.jpg 1. One-Eyed Dzi
The bead of Light; enabled better thinking process and improved wisdoms.
two_eyed_dzi_function.jpg 2. Double-Eyed Dzi
Enabled harmony between husband and wife, build a happy family, successful career and good relationship with others.
three_eyed_dzi_function.jpg 3. Three-Eyed Dzi
Represents the three stars of luck: happiness, honor and longevity. It is the bead of wealth and health to bring continuous fortunes. Also known as the God of Wealth (Zambala) in esoteric doctrine.
four_eyed_dzi_function.jpg 4. Four-Eyed Dzi
Represents Avalokiteśvara,Mañjuśrī, Ksitigarbha, and Samantabhadra; the four great Bodhisattvas, scattering and destroying all hindrances for the wearer.
Five-Eyed-Dzi-Function.jpg 5. Five-Eyed Dzi
Blessing by Kuvera, the god of wealth, for continuous fortunes and longevity, perfect and good luck, endless of happiness.
six_eyed_dzi_function.jpg 6. Six-Eyed Dzi
Restores the physiological functions of the viscera and bodily strength, release from the suffering of the six ways of sentient existence(Samsara), to remove (by magic, prayer, incantation) impending ill fortune, represents increment of fortunes.
seven_eyed_dzi_function.jpg 7. Seven-Eyed Dzi
Perfection in every aspect of life: good fate, good name, career, fortune, health, long life and marriage.
Eyed-Eyed-Dzi-Function.jpg 8. Eight-Eyed Dzi
Doing well and complete in everything, venerable and wealthy, protected by Eight Auspicious Signs. Avoids influences by the eight groups of demon-followers and enter the eightfold noble path.
Nine-Eyed-Dzi-Function.jpg 9. Nine-Eyed Dzi
Accumulation of meritorious virtue, increases compassionate, separates from suffering and obtains happiness, escapes from the human world of woes and finds salvation, resplendent authorities and gains advantages.
ten_eyed_dzi_function.jpg 10. Ten-Eyed Dzi
Removes all karmic hindrances, increases respect-inspiring virtue, live a joyful life and perfect in every way.

Eleven-Eyed-Dzi-Function.jpg 11. Eleven-Eyed Dzi
Represents the five Dhyani Buddhas and the Brilliant Mantra of Six Words, accumulates blessedness and wisdoms and dispels calamities.
twelve_eyed_dzi_function.jpg 12. Twelve-Eyed Dzi
Represents the twelve divine generals mentioned in the sutra of Medicine Buddha (Bhaisajya); accumulation of honor, power and influence.
thirteen_eyed_dzi_function.jpg 13. Thirteen-Eyed Dzi
Represents the five Dhyani Buddhas and Eight Auspicious Signs; the body and mind always at ease, unafraid and march forward courageously to achieve the highest level of the conduct.
Fifteen-Eyed-Dzi-Function.jpg 14. Fifteen-Eyed Dzi
Represents the Seven Treasures and the Eight Dharmas, aids and blesses by Devas to achieve all wishes.
twenty_one_eyed_dzi_function.jpg 15. Twenty One-Eyed Dzi
Increases the power of Buddha-truth, achieves all one's wishes, integrated with the nature and reaches the highest Poetic level, the Mahayana.
Dragon-Eyed-Dzi-Function.jpg 16. Dragon-Eyed Dzi
The most superior Dzi. The Naga represents the chief of the scaly reptiles, regarded as beneficent. Nagas are titles of a Buddha and of those freed from reincarnation. The six dragon eyes represent the Brilliant Mantra of Six Words: “OM MANI PADME HUM”. Used for self-cultivation, protection, avoiding māras and heretics. Best for creating lucks and improving Feng Shui.

17. Dzi with Unusual Pattern

Believed to have unique power to do away with calamities and subdue evil.
18. Dzi with Heaven-and-Earth Motif

The represents Heaven and the “□” represents Earth, balances of Ying and Yang, gaining fortune and eliminating obstacles. This category consists of Heaven-and-Earth Motif and Double Heaven-and-Earth Motif, which is more superb. Businessmen are particularly fond of them because they believe that wearing such Dzi brings great wealth and prosperity.
Precious-Bottle-Dzi-Functio.jpg 19. Dzi with Precious Bottle Motif
Averting misfortune, fulfilling meritorious virtue, accumulating wealth, improving health and gaining longevity.
Lotus-Dzi-Function.jpg 20. Dzi with Lotus Motif
Enabled shaper body and purified mental vision to be delighted by others. It is very popular and precious in Tibet.

water_motif_dzi_function.jpg 21. Dzi with Wave Motif
Represents continuous and endless fortunes, supports by benefactor, to be prosperous for a lifetime.
longivity-motif-dzi.jpg 22. Longevity Dzi
Long life. It was discoverd in India 550B.C.
Guan-Yin-Dzi-Function.jpg 23. Guan Yin Dzi
The Goddess of Mercy, the observer of the sights and sounds of the world as well as the observer of the ultimate nature of things. Saving living beings, breaking sorrows and defilements, learning all Dharma doors and achieving highest Buddha hood.
24. Dzi with Peak Motif
Backing the wearer to handle administrative affairs, go forward courageously and fearlessly
Guru-Rinpoche-Dharma-Cap-Dz.jpg 25. Dzi with Guru Rinpoche’s Dharma Cap Motif
One of the three Dharma Masters in Tibet, representing blessedness and wisdom, power and reputation.
Guru-Rinpoche-Ritual-Paraph.jpg 26. Dzi with Guru Rinpoche’s Ritual Paraphernalia Motif
The implement of esoteric. Subduing demons and expelling evil obstructions. Greatly improve the concentration of meditation, reaching the ultimate beyond emotion or thinking.
Dorje-motif-dzi.jpg 27. Dzi with Dorje Motif
The implement of esoteric. Dorje is among the paraphernalia used for subduing demons.
Four-Homas-Dzi.jpg 28. Dzi with Four Homas
Homa of Peace (), preventing calamities, averting misfortune and eliminating obstacles; Homa of Development (□), prospering business, multiplying wealth, gaining fortune and wisdom; Homa of Perfection (), improving health, perfecting relationship and building leadership; Homa of Force (
△), warding off harmful forces, subjugating demons and expelling evil obstructions.
ru_yi_dzi_function.jpg 29. Dzi with Mani-Jewel Motif
A magical jewel, which manifests whatever one’s wishes for. According to one's desires, treasures, clothing and food can be manifested, while sickness and suffering can be removed, water can be purified, etc. It is a metaphor for the teachings and virtues of the Buddha.
Fortune-Longivity-Dzi-Funct.jpg30. Dzi with Fortune and Longevity Motif
Gaining both fortune and longevity.

Five-Fortune-Dzi-Function.jpg31. Five Fortunes Dzi
Fulfilling accomplishments, longevity, health, wealth and marriage, everything going very well.
ying_yang_dzi.jpg32. Dzi with Ying-and-Yang Motif
Balances the Ying and Yang at the surrounding, turn bad luck into good.
Bodhi-Dzi-Function.jpg33. Dzi with Bodhi Motif
Apprehension of reality. Enlightenment, selfless compassion of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, where self-benefit is fully abandoned for the sake of saving all sentient beings.
six_eyed_vajra_tiget_tooth.jpg34. Dzi with Six Eyed Vajra Tiger-Tooth Motif
The efficacious amulet. Preventing calamities and averting misfortune. The tiger-tooth motif is believed to have the power of subduing. Tibetan Buddhism believes it could help salvation through the complete removal of the obstruction of illusion.
water_lotus_dzi_function.jpg35. Dzi with Water Lotus Motif
Enabled the purifying of mental vision and enhanced buddhata (the Buddha-nature).
three_colors_stripped_dzi.jpg36. Three Colors Striped Dzi
Prosperous for a lifetime turns bad lucks to good, make wishes into reality.
Bhaisajya-Dzi.jpg37. Bhaisajya Bead
The prayer beads of Medicine Buddha, used for esoteric ceremonial, protecting body from serious illness.
38. Divine-Eyed Dzi
According to Buddhist text, Five Eyes are Human Eyes, Divine Eye, Wisdom Eye, Dharma Eye and Buddha Eye. This bead is essential for esoteric ceremonial.
Great-Personage-Dzi-Functio.jpg39. The Great Personage Dzi
Arouses the spirit of the wearer to make a vigorous fight to succeed, abolishes karmic obstruction and achieves ones’ dreams.
Goat-Eye-Dzi.jpg40. Goat’s-eye Dzi
LUMIK – Traditional Tibetan amulet. Preventing calamities and prospering the wearer.
41. Carnelian Dzi
Improves blood circulation, an efficacious amulet.
tiger_tooth_dzi_function.jpg42. Dzi with Tiger-tooth Motif
Represents toughness and strength, removes obstacles and achieves success. Preventing calamities, averting misfortune, prospering business, multiplying wealth and improving health.
Lightning-Five-Eyed-Dzi-Fun.jpg43. Lighting Five-eyed Dzi
Confers and uphold by the strength of the five Dhyani Buddhas, continuously advancing in the career, gaining unlimited fortunes and good luck.
Gradura-Dzi-Function.jpg44. Dzi with Garuda Motif
One of the sources of Dzi. Preventing calamities and prospering the wearer.
qi_lin_dzi_function.jpg45. Qilin Dzi
Represents auspicious, preying for the prosperity of new generations. Compassionate, auspicious and wisdoms.
46. Dzi with Sun-and-Moon Motif
Represents impartial, candid, openhearted, doing what is most appropriate, ordained in nature (moral obligations, eternal principles, etc.);
universal_dzi_function.jpg47. Dzi with Universe Motif
Confers and uphold by the strength of supernatural power, increases fortune and lucks.

How to Make Purchase Decision

The authentic pure dzi is not something cheap. The price is based on many factors discussed above and can be ranging from few hundred dollars to thousands, or even millions. The high value of dzi has attracted many imitations enter the market. It is so easy to find various imitation products than the real one. Here are advices you can follow to reduce the risk of getting cheated by dishonest traders.

1. Do not simply purchase dzi bead from wet market, low end trading market, kiosk in the mall, company without addresses or someone you are not familiar with. These people might claims that they are selling authentic dzi bead at attractive prices. You might not able to find them later.

2. Purchase the dzi from establish company, someone you can trust or with good knowledge in this field.
It will be ideal to bring along an expert if you plan to spend a lot on dzi bead. Bring along the necessary equipments such as 10x or 30x loupe.

3. Improve your knowledge on dzi bead before making the purchase.
There are many books or articles on internet that can help you understand more about dzi bead, Tibetan culture and Buddhism. Equip with such powerful knowledge will reduce the risk of making wrong decision.

4. Balance your budget for the dzi that you want to purchase.
If you plan or able to spend just a little on dzi bead, starts with the cheaper one. When you feel that dzi is really good for you or your family, then upgrade to better one.

5. Do not believe in certificate issued by the seller.
A certificate of gemstone is valid only if it is issued by a third party with no financial interest in the transaction between the buyer and seller. Many sellers issue their own certificate which are meaningless; the bead is not investigated by third party and no analysis data attached.

6. Do not influence by the sales person.
You should have a clear state of mind. Do not be influenced by the sales person to make you purchase something out of your budget, imitation product or the dzi that not suitable for you.

If you are serious about dzi and would like to know more, here are some good books that should not be missed!

1. Bubin, Lois Sherr (1986) The History of Beads


2. Tung-Kuang, Lin (2001) The Gzi Bead of Tibet


3. K.Liu, Robert (1995) A Universal Aesthetic Collectible Beads


4. Hung-Shih, Chang (2003) The Bewitching Bijou of

Tibet – An Illustrative Study of Dzi Bead


5. Rinchen Tsering, Kaji and Ugyen Tenzin (2004) Dzee - The King of Beads


6. Nebesky-wojkowitz, R (1952) Prehistoric beads from Tibet

7. Yam, Sheung Cheong (2007), The Mystery of Dzi (Book 1 and Book 2)




Dzi Bead in the Modern World


An elegant necklace strung with old dzi beads (One with water motif from the left most, two three-eye and two precious bottle motif) and other crystal beads.


The color of dzi bead works very well with corals. The necklace and bracelet are made from dzi beads that could attract wealth for the wearer; They are money hook dzi, five eyed dzi, water motif dzi, three eyed dzi, heaven and earth dzi, and lastly the qi lin motif dzi.


The combination of seven eyed dzi, treasure jar dzi, ying and yang dzi, amber, mala bead and adventurine form this simple yet beautiful necklace and bracelet.


This elegant necklace is made of dragon eyed dzi, several water motif dzi and red agate beads.


This old dragon eyed dzi is strung with red agate beads to form an elegant bracelet.


The carnelian dzi is strung with green aventurine and faceted red agate.


This two eyed dzi is strung with turquoise and onyx to form a splendid bracelet.

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