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Antique Nine Stripe Chung Dzi with Bloodspots (AntCD-B-NiS-110223)

Antique Nine Stripe Chung Dzi with Bloodspots (AntCD-B-NiS-110223)

This bead is adorned with the Nine Stripe Motif. The Stripe Motif is believed to bring never ending success and prosperity. Businessmen are especially fond of this motif.

This bead measures 44.7 mm x 11.6 mm. It is an old bead, estimated to be between 300 to 500 years old.

The bead material is high quality natural agate.

This piece is in excellent condition. As with all antique dzi beads, weathering marks and minor imperfections are all part of its beauty.

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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