Friday, July 14, 2017






A new book on 'Himalayan dZi Beads' by the Chinese author Xiaoli Zhu has just been published. It is currently only available in Chinese, however, there is a content section in English. It is packed full of beautiful images of dZi beads and there are few pages dedicated to Pumtek and Thogchags. A number of beads from our own blog have also been featured. 

ISBN 978-7-5494-1621-9

Thursday, June 29, 2017


Ancient Western Asiatic Carnelian Bead
28.5 mm




Ancient Western Asiatic decorated carnelian.
18 mm

Ancient Carnelian Lion Bead
South East Asia
17 mm x 17 mm

Monday, February 27, 2017


Losar Tashi Delek! Happy Tibetan New Year! 
February 27th - Year of the Fire Rooster

Friday, February 24, 2017



Antique Tibetan Skull Bead - 61 mm x 54 mm
Carved from the end of a human femur (thighbone).

Thursday, February 23, 2017


A Tibetan or Bhutia woman circa 1920s.
The dZi beads on this necklace 
may well be glass imitations.