Dzi (pronounced “ji”) beads are often shaped into elongated or round beads and usually made of Agate. Tibetan Dzi beads would have circle patterns on it that are called eyes or other auspicious symbols such as the Longevity, Ru Yi, Heaven and Earth symbol, just to name a few. The different numbers of eyes on the dzi beads all have different symbolic meanings.
In Tibetan and Chinese culture they are referred to as “the heavenly stone.” They are considered to be so valuable, in monetary and spiritual properties, that they are passed down from generation to generation in families and sometimes used to pay for property and other expensive items. A dzi bead would never be used to purchase something that was not for the benefit of the family.
It is a Tibetan belief that these stones can ward off the “evil eye” and other negative influence because the eye(s) of the stone is ever open and watchful. To carry or wear the stones is thought to act like a protective cloak for the bearer. This belief has crossed out of Tibet and has been adopted by other cultures.
While Dzi beads are used by some religions, notably Tibetan Buddhists, they are not associated with any one religion which can make them a good gift choice for anyone. The common belief that they are meant to promote a good aura or life-force for a person, help them with their energy, chi and presence also makes them a unique and thoughtful gift.