Dzi (pronounced Zee) is a Tibetan word used to describe a patterned, usually Agate, of mainly oblong, round, cylindrical or tabular shape pierced lengthwise called Heaven’s Bead (tian zhu) in Chinese.

Dzi: Heaven Eye Magic Stones

Dzi: Heaven Eye Magic Stones

The meaning of the  Tibetan word “Dzi” translates to “shine, brightness, clearness, splendor”. The ancient Dzi beads originate in the Tibetan cultural sphere and can command high prices and are difficult to come by. They are found primarily in Tibet, but also in neighboring Bhutan, Ladakh and Sikkim. Shepherds and farmers pick them up in the grasslands or while cultivating fields. Because Dzi are found in the earth, Tibetans cannot conceive of them as man-made. Since knowledge of the bead is derived from oral traditions, few beads have provoked more controversy concerning their source, method of manufacture and even precise definition. This all contributes to making them the most sought after and collectable beads on earth.

What do Dzi Stones do?

Dzi stones are said to do a number of things. Some protect its wearer from negative energies or accidents; some attract wealth or wisdom, while others might bring you love and happiness.

One thing to remember concerning these curious little stones is this, a Dzi stone may repel things, but it also can store them. When a negativism comes at you, your stone may block it or absorb it. They can also give very positive energies to you, while absorbing a bit of your energy in the process. In other words, a bit of them goes into you and a bit of you will go into them.

The downside to this is that if you are not the original possessor of the stone, you may get slapped with some of the first owners bad kharma. The way to prevent this from happening is to “cleanse” your Dzi stone when you get it. This will release all of that stored up nastiness, and will allow you to introduce yourself to your Dzi stone, and form a fresh spiritual bond. Please read the article “Cleaning Energizing & Caring your Dzi Stone ” in my Blog Post to cleanse and energize your Dzi Beads.

The Dzi beads hold Mahayana Buddhist symbols that can help augment your fortune, overcome life difficulties and generate extra happiness and longevity luck. It is also said that the wearer of the Tibetan Dzi bead will be blessed by the Body, the Voice and the Mind of the Tathagata Buddha, and this will help overcome the three hindrances to self-understanding which are Desire, Hate and Stupidity.

Coupled with crystals, the Dzi bead is further empowered by body and soul enhancement such as having a relaxing effect to tense minds, making us more resistant to stressful thoughts, encouraging sobriety and concentration, fortifying nerves and alleviating cramps.

Beads that are broken are believed to have a diluted benefit; because they have taken the brunt of the force that it is assumed would have otherwise impacted the wearer.

The most highly prized Dzi beads are made of natural Agate.  In Tibet, the Dzi beads which were apparently manufactured in ancient times worth thousands of Dollars.


Dzi stones are made from Agate, and may have decorated symbols composed of circles, ovals, square, waves (zig zags), stripes, lines, diamonds, circles, squares, waves, and stripes and various other natural symbolic patterns. Colors will mainly range from browns to blacks with the pattern usually being in ivory white. Dzi beads can appear in different colors, shapes and sizes. There are 6 Articles in my Blog Posts on “The meanings of Symbols on Dzi Beads” extracted from “The Dzi bead Handbook”.

The two eyes Dzi Bead

The two eyes Dzi Bead

The number of “eyes” on the stone is considered significant. “Eyes” are the circular dot or eye-like designs, and depending on their number and arrangement, they represent different things. Read the Article Dzi Eye Meanings in my Blog Posts. People generally use the “Dzi Eyes Meanings” or theDzi Stones and Birth Years to select the most suitable Stone for themselves.

Sometimes the natural patterns (usually “layered” swirls) of the agate can be seen underneath or behind the decorated symbols and designs, and sometimes not. Some Dzi beads sport what are referred to as “blood spots” which can be seen as red dots in the white areas and these are indicative of cinnabar content. This is highly desirable, but rarer.

Another desirable effect is something called “Dragon skin,” which refers to the cracking patterns on the surface of the bead that simulates scales. A bead with Dragon skin is a sign of aging, 2,000 years or above.  Those beads command thousands of dollars in value.


Dzi stones may have made their first appearance between 2000 BC to 1000 BC, in ancient Tibet: a few thousand were brought back by Tibetan soldiers from Persia. Dzis were crafted using agate as the base stone and then fabricated with lines and circles using unique ancient methods and techniques by Persian craftsmen. The techniques and methods used by ancient craftsmen still are not completely understood.

Fear of the “Evil Eye” was taken very seriously by these people, so they created talismans with “Eyes” on them as a “fight fire with fire” form of protection.

Miss Tibet 2008 wearing Dzi Bead

Miss Tibet 2008 wearing Dzi Bead

Tibetans and many around the world have known Dzi as a living gemstone of lifetime divine blessing.  It is meant for family heirloom, reverently kept and passed down over generations. It is so precious and valuable that Tibetans would traditionally use it as expansive dowries and exchanging currencies. In ancient times, one could trade a rare Dzi for a 100 yaks or to raise funds for building a mansion or monastery.

While the origin surrounding Dzi beads is quite uncertain, it is socially accepted today that they are called Tibetan beads.

Dzi Legends

Tibetan Dzi beads are felt by Tibetans to be of supernatural origins. It is inconceivable to most Tibetans queried told the same set of stories concerning the origin of Dzi.

Offered first was the belief that in ancient times Dzi were the ornaments of semi-gods who threw them away whenever they became blemished even slightly; this is said to be the reason that hardly any of the beads are found in perfect condition.

Next came the story involves a man who saw one of these ‘insects’ high in the mountains and threw his hat over it to capture it. When he removed the hat, the ‘insect’ had become petrified. In its place lay a Dzi. Other stories relate that Dzi were encountered in the high mountains by someone with especially good karma who managed to catch them. But in coming into contact with the human touch, the Dzi petrified. Other tales are told of Dzi being found in slaughtered animal horns or in cattle dung. Dr. R. Nebesky-Woikowitz (1952) recounts in ‘Prehistoric Beads From Tibet,’ a legend from Ngari, Western Tibet.

It is believed that Dzi originated from a mountain near Rudok. In ancient times, they were said to flow down its slopes like streams. One day, however, a wicked woman cast the “evil eye” on the mountain and the flow immediately stopped. And to this day, so the legend claims, the characteristic black and white stripes of the Dzi are still seen where the Dzi once issued.

The “insect” theory of the origin of Dzi seems to be very widespread and is cited to explain various peculiarities. This, the Tibetan claim, is why sometimes a great number of Dzi are found forming a kind of ‘nest’. Some believe that even after the beads have been unearthed, some will continue to move about for a little while. In any case, to the Tibetan, the Dzi is not man-made bead, but a precious jewel of supernatural origin.

Read the Article ” Cleaning Energizing & Caring your Dzi Stone in my Blog Posts to clean and energize your Dzi Stone. People generally use the “Dzi Eyes Meanings” or theDzi Stones and Birth Years to select the most suitable Dzi Stone for themselves.