The meanings are extracted from “The Dzi bead Handbook”

Many people look for the meanings of the number of “eyes” on a Dzi stone when collecting. But there are also many Dzi stones that have symbols or images on them too. These are also attributed with special focused abilities. Here are a few….

Dragon-Eyed Dzi Bead: This 6 EYE represents the Mantra OM MANI PADME HUM. It is the Root of Happiness & Good Karma. This Dzi bead can help to Overcome Negative Forces from Foes & Competitors. Dragons are considered to reside at and perhaps to be the source of life, and from which all physical life comes. Enable One to Connect All 3 Key Components i.e. Body, Mind & Heart. Achieve Good Health, Wealth & Success. Dragons love their wealth. They love to hoard and gather all forms of wealth to themselves. Remember that wealth is not necessarily abundance. The dragon Dzi may assist the owner with learning how to roll in wealth. Dragons are great at bringing wealth to themselves. They would be considered advanced or masters of wealth. Dragons hoard their riches, thus assisting the owner in learning how to keep and maintain their wealth while gaining yet greater wealth. Dragons are considered by Tibetans to be at the top of the animal hierarchy. They are the strongest physically, mentally, spiritually and magically. All dragons are alchemists, breathing fire and creating magic. Dragons are masters of manifestation and materialization. Dragons are all masters of magic, both creating magic and living magically. The dragon brings magic in all of its form to the owner of the “Dragon Eyed Dzi Bead”. Dragons live in the dimensions between earth and heaven. When dragons are in the earth dimension they will generally live in great caves where they can move around easily. This makes the dragon very useful in assisting the owner of the Dzi bead to delve into and understand their subconscious and unconscious minds. Dragons can seek out saboteurs, stopping the unconscious minds from sabotaging the creations of the owner. Dragons have had to hide to stay alive for so many millennia that they have become great at finding things lost, and perceiving even the slightest threat. This makes dragon extremely great protectors and masters of subtly. Dragons bring both of these skills with them to assist their master. Dragons will only respond to a human if they are its master. Each dragon Dzi bead is connected to a dragon, and each dragon may be connected to several different Dzi beads. The “Dragon Eyed Dzi Bead” connects the human owner to the dragon they will master.

Dragon-Eye Dzi Bead-Ruffled Eye: (Ruffled eye) The symbol on this bead is a single eye with a ruffle around it. Usually only occurs one ruffle per bead. This Dzi bead calls the dragon to lend an eye and to keep an eye on the owner. The dragon is all forms of genesis and new beginnings. Dragons always consume the purest of all foods and drink. Dragons hoard precious things, and will enhance the owner’s ability to find and keep precious things as well as preciousness within. The dragon is the greatest protector of all. Read the other symbology on the bead and include the dragon eye inside of the ruffle as one eye, not two eyes. The ruffle is not counted as an eye. The dragon assists, magnifies and enhances all of the other symbology on the bead. A Dzi bead with a ruffled eye is not the same as a “Dragon Dzi Bead” and does not allow the owner of the bead to be master to a dragon. Only a “Dragon Dzi Bead” itself can master a dragon.

Dragon Skin Dzi Bead: Rather than being symbols of a dragon, dragon skin refers to the texture of the bead itself. At first look the bead will appear to be very weathered full of weathering marks and perhaps cracks. Well, it is not weathering marks, it is crackle marks. The dragon skin is formed by burning. Tibetans named this effect on the Dzi bead as ‘Dragon Skin’. The dragon skin texture is created during in a certain event. Lamas (Tibetan Monk) offer the Dzi bead to Buddha as a thanksgiving. They put the Dzi bead into a stove and start burning. At the same time while the stove with the Dzi bead is burning, hundreds of Lamas (monks) started their chanting. Finally, the Dzi bead comes out of the stove with ‘Dragon Skin’ texture. Just imagine how powerful a Dzi bead would be after being chanted upon by Lamas for so many days in the temple. Dragon skin Dzi beads are all very, very old as this particular ritual has not been done in hundreds of years. In addition to the burning of the bead the bead needs to be very old before it will change into the dragon skin texture. When younger beads are put in the stove to burn the result is the “Fire Burial Dzi Bead”. Authorities on DZI beads often use dragon skin texturing as a way of identifying age of a bead. Many of these beads can be (+) or (-) 2,000 years old. A Dzi bead with dragon skin is not the same as a “Dragon Dzi Bead” and does not allow the owner of the bead to master a dragon. Only a “Dragon Dzi Bead” itself can master a dragon.

Dragon Marks Dzi Bead: Rather than being a particular symbol on a Dzi bead, are a certain type of markings found on some Dzi beads. Some of the agate or chalcedony that the Dzi bead is carved from is comprised of layers of agate. Certain agate or chalcedony will not accept the etching material that the symbols on Dzi beads are derived from. The areas that refuse the etching are left having no bead design. These are known as dragon marks when they occur. The agate that refuses the color will almost always be a light gray/white in color. Dragon marks are said to occur when the dragon was digging for Dzi beads and accidentally clawed into a bead or two. Any Dzi bead marked by a dragon is said to have caught the eye of the dragon and was then dropped or discarded by the dragon because it was imperfect. Dragons hoard their riches, but always insist that the items of wealth it hoards are as perfect as possible. Being clawed by the dragon the bead is said to carry some of the energy of the dragon. A Dzi bead marked by a dragon is not the same as a “Dragon Dzi Bead” and does not allow the owner of the bead to be master to a dragon. Only a “Dragon Dzi Bead” itself can master a dragon.

Eagle’s Mouth Dzi Bead: This Dzi symbolizes a life of comfort and the fulfillment of all wishes. It has the ability to turn adverse situations into auspicious ones.

Earth Sky Dzi Bead: Earth is square. Balances yin and yang, helps those in bad conditions out and embrace good luck. The square depicts the earth, the source and basis of all living beings. The significance of this combination is said to bring balance and serenity in the order of life, and turn an individual’s potentiality into actual vibrant and useful energy and achieve greater things in his life. The added significance of the eye or dot in the center of the circle motif is the arriving of good opportunities for the individual at the right time.

Elements Dzi Bead: The elements bead appears to have the waves of water. These can also be peaks or peaks of mountains. The circle represents Sun. Some have the square or rectangle representing earth. The elements bead could best be called an Alchemy Bead. The elements bead brings together all of the major forces in the human life. Once brought together they can be combined and recombined to create great strengths and callings. This bead is also considered to be an universe bead. However it is not a true universe bead. This Dzi bead assists in bringing out and opening latent talents and abilities that lay dormant within the person. Talents and abilities having to do with the earth, sky, sun, and those things that make up the physical being. This bead can afford one a measure of protection from negative and radiation energies. Helps to transmute and transform many of the energies that cause the owner of the bead to have a life that is less than totally enjoyable. This Dzi bead can assist with herbology, gardening, and of the hobby skills that play with the life forces of the elements. The element bead can also assist the owner in connecting to the planes and levels of the deva and little folk. Magnifying Power Combines The 3 Main Forces In The Universe: Heaven, Earth & Human. Captures The Energy From The Heaven & Earth, Converts It Into Continuous Moving Energy To Achieve One’s Goal.

Felicity Dzi Bead: (Also referred to as the insect bead) Looks like two headed insect. Check the reverse side of the felicity bead. You may find the bat. This Dzi symbolizes the wonderful blessings of abundance happiness & good fortune & longevity.

Fire Burial Dzi Bead: These Dzi beads are very special and very rare beads. They should be considered investment beads when found as they are rare, old, usually plus 500 years and if in good condition very valuable. Fire Burial Dzi beads are beads that have been used in specific Tibetan ceremonies. As part of the ceremony these beads are buried deep in the coals of a fire. Later when the bead is retrieved it has the whitish, rusty exterior that makes fire burial beads so distinctive and desirable. Fire burial Dzi should all be considered healing and or tonic beads. Usually the bead is chosen to go into the fire because it has proven itself as a Dzi bead. It has usually been credited with some sort of miracle or healing. Generally small divots or chips will be chipped from the bead. These tiny chips do not decrease the value of the bead. They actually increase its value. The chips will be ground up and used in potions or medicines for others. The design on the outside of the bead is usually reapplied after the fire. This is why the design is often times quite bright and almost new looking. The fire damages the original design. The design on the bead will tell you what it chooses to assist its owner with. Fire burial beads however, are many, many times stronger than another normal bead of the same type. Fire burial Dzi beads are considered so powerful and there are so few of them that it used to be only the highest ranked Tibetans and priests owned them.