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Antique Vajra Motif Dzi Bead with Bloodspots (AntD-B-V-070823)

Antique Vajra Motif Dzi Bead with Bloodspots (AntD-B-V-070823)

This bead is adorned with the Vajra Motif. The Vajra Motif is a symbol of enlightenment, protection, power, and clear thinking. The Vajra is a sacred Buddhist item. It is the weapon wielded by Indra. In Tibetan “vajra” means “lightning strike”. This bead helps to wade off evil spirits.

This bead measures 48.6 mm x 11.9 mm. It is an old bead, estimated to be between 200 to 300 years old.

The bead material is high quality natural agate. There are natural cinnabar inclusions in the agate.

Bloodspot (Cinnabar Dot) info:

Cinnabar dots are also known as "bloodspots" or "硃砂" in Chinese. They occur when mercury and sulfur are present when the agate was formed. Mercuric sulfide (or cinnabar) is obtained when mercury reacts with sulfur. In its purest form, the color is a deep red. In fact, it is how vermilion pigment is made. However, it is difficult and rare to find it in its purest form in agate. The purest form, used to make vermillion, is usually obtained in labs where conditions can be controlled. In nature, there is usually other material present thus giving it slight variations in its redness.

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