The DZI comes from the Central Asia region, and are generally found in an area that spans Afghanistan, Iran, Tibet, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Burma and Thailand.
They come in many sizes and shapes, from tiny carnelian engravings to large dzi with multiple eyes and stripes.
The meaning of the Tibetan word “Dzi” translates to “brilliance, clarity, splendor”. Grains originate in the Tibetan cultural sphere and can be very expensive and difficult to obtain. They are found mainly in Tibet, but also in neighboring Bhutan, Ladakh and Sikkim. Shepherds and peasants gather them in the meadows or in the fields of cultivation. Because the Dzi are found on earth, Tibetans can not conceive of them as man-made. Since knowledge of origin is derived from oral traditions, few accounts have provoked more controversy as to its source, method of manufacture and even precise definition. All of this contributes to making them the most sought after and collectible beads on earth.
Some Dzi protect their wearer from negative energies or accidents, some attract wealth or wisdom, while others can bring you love and happiness.
One thing to remember about these curious little stones is this, a Dzi stone can repel things, but you can also store them. When a negative energy comes to you, your stone can block or absorb it. They can also give you very positive energies. In other words, a little of them enter you and some of you will enter them.
There seems to be inaccuracies about the dating of the original “pure” Dzi, the most common error is to claim that it is in the 8th century. This error comes from a date found in the grain collector bible “The History of Grains” by Lois Sherr Dubin, where Dzi is placed on the “map of time” in AD 700 along with the introduction of Buddhism in the Tibet. However, if the reference numbers are checked against the accounts, the detail indicates that the actual dates are unknown. This is because Tibetans have never allowed archaeological excavations in Tibet, so accurate field dates can not be established. The assumption was that the Dzi is connected with Tibetan Buddhism, then the pearls are tied around the same date that Buddhism began.
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In fact, it is widely understood by Tibetans that the Dzi were part of the Bonpo tradition that preceded Buddhism in Tibet and dates back 4,000 years or more, and some of the older Dzi as Phum Dzi are believed to have arrived from this moment. It is said that the chiefs used to wear them in their ceremonial robes and when they died they were cremated in their ceremonial dresses and the buried remains. This conjecture mainly can not be proved, but would explain why Dzi balls are often found on the ground and why so many are stained, burned or broken, since the heat of the pyre would have been very likely to damage the beads .
This is not to be confused with chips in beads, which could be accidental as agate is a hard stone, but fragile, but it can also be deliberately. A Tibetan from Lhasa revealed that the beads were deliberately splintered as medicinal or religious offerings, or to include as part of a burial offering over the previous owner’s death, which may not be as well known. Therefore, beads with small chips in them generally do not affect the value of the beads, and may even be considered desirable, especially if they were for medicinal purposes, since it would be considered to have an intrinsic power to be chosen for such purposes .
There is another desirable feature found in Dzi beads known as blood stains or cinnabar stains, probably caused by particles of oxidizing iron inside the stone, also known as Martik by Tibetans, for whom these stains are of great importance.
How were the DZI created?
The great mystery of the old Dzi and the engraved carnelians and how they managed to get the marks on the surface without breaking or cracking the stone. The family of silica, which includes chalcedony, agate and carnelian, is particularly susceptible to heat, which will break or even break the stone. The technique of how to heat it without damaging it was only discovered in recent times, using a sophisticated technology that involves heating the stone in a vacuum. As the agate is porous, there is air and moisture inside the stone that when heated, expands and causes it to crack. In a vacuum, the air has been removed, thereby greatly reducing the chance of cracking of the stone when heated.
Dzi, the Meaning of the Eyes
The number of “eyes” on a Dzi stone will tell you your particular purpose and strength ……….
1. The Dzi of 1 eye represents a beacon of light and hope. It is believed that this powerful eye enhances human wisdom and produces happiness for a lifetime.
2. The Dzi of 2 eyes allows the harmony between husband and wife; build a happy family, a successful career and good relationships with others.
3. The 3-Eye Dzi represents the three stars of luck, happiness, honor and longevity. It is the grain of wealth and health to bring continued fortune.
4. The 4-Eye Dzi helps overcome negative forces, eliminates obstacles, increases merits and longevity, subdues demons.
5. The 5-Eye Dzi is considered a magical element and is highly sought after. It assists one in obtaining what one desires, so it is a much desired piece. Happiness without end.
6. The Dzi of 6 eyes eliminates sadness and suffering in life, and increases access to good luck.
7. The 7-Eye Dzi helps to achieve fame, glory, perfection, career, wealth, relationship, and health and longevity.
8. The 8-Eye Dzi helps protect against calamities and catastrophes. Help the owner to find and stay on his right path.
9. The Dzi of 9 eyes helps its owner to gather wealth, achieve good health, success, gain power, compassion, glory and expel evil and acts as protector.
10. The 10-Eye Dzi removes obstacles in the way of career development, gets favorable comments about you from others, and foreshadows a happy relationship with your spouse.
11. The Dzi of 11 eyes helps to eradicate bad intentions and reduces craving, leading to peace of heart and mind.
12. The Dzi of 12 eyes empowers one with the ability to surpass expectations and achieve fame and recognition.
13. The Dzi of 13 eyes allows learning to communicate with the ancestors, as well as with other dimensions and realities.
14. The 14-Eye Dzi helps protect the mind from disorder and helps with the problems of karma.
15. The Dzi of 15 eyes increases the wisdom of the bearer, liberates human suffering and generates general good fortune in human life.
16. The Dzi of 16 eyes brings back the humor in life. Remember that it is through play and joy that all things can be obtained. It helps to reject sadness, depression, melancholy and sadness.
17. The 17-Eye Dzi can help improve one’s self image. Let others see you as you see yourself in your unconscious mind. Protects the owner from the images of others.
18. The 18-Eye Dzi can help guard against obsessions and compulsions. Helps protect against addictive personality traits. Alcoholism, drug abuse, sexual addiction, gambling and all other addictions.
19. The 19-Eye Dzi increases the owner’s ability to manifest and materialize the necessary things in one’s life.
20. The Dzi of 20 eyes helps in the purification. This Dzi can improve the owner’s preparation process to end the rebirth cycle. It’s very weird.
21. The 21-Eye Dzi enhances your magical power, perform what you desire to the maximum extent. I magnify all the characteristics of the other beads and focus them on a single stone. It is highly sought after.
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