Tibetan Dzi Agate red and white barrel Guru Bead 20mm for stringing your own mala

Tibetan Dzi Agate red and white barrel Guru Bead 20mm for stringing your own mala

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This Dzi guru bead that is two parts.  The larger part is the barrel bead where each end of the stringed mala enters and exists through the side of the barrel.  Those two stringed ends are then strung through the smaller bead and tied into an attached tassel.  The barrel measures 14mm long by 13mm in diameter.  The hole is 1.5mm.

A Dzi bead is pronounced zee and sometimes spelled gzi.  A Dzi bead is made from stone.  No one knows the origin of Dzi beads.  They have long been used in jewelry making.  The most valued Dzi beads were made of Agate.  This guru bead is made of agate!  

In Tibet and in other parts of Asia, Dzi beads are sacred and considered protective.  Sometimes spiritual healers shave a bit of the Dzi bead into a powder to be taken medicinally, as part of traditional Tibetan medicine.

When the healer needs to use a Dzi bead, he or she scrapes away what is needed, which leaves a mark.  Sometimes the healer grinds off the bottom of the bead.  That bead may end up getting used to burnish gold leaf, as can be seen on Thanka paintings or bronze statuary.

dzi exhibit grinding and polishing of one or both ends, again the result of reduction for use in traditional Tibetan medicine or, in some cases, due to the bead's use as a burnishing tool in the application of gold leaf to thanka paintings or gilt bronze statuary.

Beads vary slightly, but approximately measure 12mm.


1) Gather your materials. You'll need a mala necklace strung on 1mm cord, a thread burner (for nylon cord only), adhesive, collapsible needle, and your guru bead set.

2) Curl the collapsable needle. Do this by pulling the needle between your thumb and finger nail. Repeat until the needle resembles a fishing hook.

3) String the cord through your needle. Then string the needle through the side hole of the guru bead and down through the bottom hole.

4) Pull the cord through the bead.

5) With the other end of your cord, repeat Step 3 by stringing it through the opposite side hole of the guru bead and down through the bottom.

6) Pull the cord through the bead so that both the tails are even.

7) String on the bottom of the guru bead and slide the 2 parts of the guru bead up to the necklace.

8) Secure the guru bead in place by knotting.

9) Now that the guru bead is strung, finish your necklace. A thread burner can seal the ends of nylon cord, and a dap of adhesive on the knot will keep it strong.


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