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What Gives Dzi Beads Value And What To Be Careful Of

by Eddy Hsu กรกฎาคม 03, 2023

What Gives Dzi Beads Value And What To Be Careful Of

Dzi beads are considered highly valuable and have cultural significance, particularly in Tibetan and Himalayan regions. They are believed to possess spiritual properties and are often seen as protective talismans. Several factors contribute to the value of Dzi beads:

Material: Dzi Beads can be crafted out of various materials.  The most sought after beads are crafted out of agate.  Other materials that dzi beads can be fashioned out of include carnelian, fossilized wood, bone, glass, and composite materials usually composed of resins.

Quality of the material: It must not be overlooked that the same materials can differ greatly in quality.  Not all agate is the same.

Age: The age of a Dzi Bead plays a significant role in determining its value. Older beads are generally considered more valuable.

Condition: The condition of the Dzi Bead is extremely important in determining its value.  There are a lot of old items in the market.  But, if they are not in good condition, most aren’t worth collecting as they are no better than junk.  However, there are a lot of unscrupulous dzi dealers that like to misrepresent battered items as old and valuable.  That is not the case, especially for serious collectors.

Craftsmanship: The quality of craftsmanship involved in creating Dzi beads can also affect their value. Beads that are skillfully crafted with precise etchings and well-preserved patterns are generally more highly regarded.

Authenticity: All Dzi Beads are real Dzi Beads, just like all crosses worn by Christians are real crosses.  However, not all Dzi Beads are real antique. 

Rarity: New items are relatively common.  Old items are less common.  It is logical to understand, the older an item, the more rare.  Authentic antique Dzi Beads and authentic ancient Dzi Beads are of course highly collectable due to their rarity.  The designs and patterns affect this as well.  The more intricate patterns were more difficult to produce successfully in ancient times. 

It's important to note that the value of Dzi beads can vary significantly based on these factors and individual preferences within the market. Collectors, enthusiasts, and those interested in their spiritual properties often determine their worth.

With Dzi Beads commanding extreme value at times, caution must be exercised when buying and selling Dzi Beads.  There are certain things to be weary of. 

I would be on guard if someone tries to legitimize an item by issuing some sort of certificate.  Gemologists can certify the geological material.  That is about all. 

I would be on guard if someone tries to add value to the item by telling stories of how it originated from a particular temple or that it was blessed by a particular monk or lama.  These items pass on from generation to generation over hundreds of years, if not thousands of years.  It is quite difficult to keep track of whose hands it has passed through.  Furthermore, I would think it unimaginable that there are monks that continuously sell off temple treasures.

I would be on guard if the seller cannot provide clear photographs.  A legitimate Dzi dealer handles extremely valuable items.  I would think it odd that such a dealer cannot afford proper equipment for taking good photographs.

I would be on guard if the seller portrays his extremely valuable Dzi Bead as a family heirloom.  The question I have is “why sell it now?” While it is possible that a once rich family has now gone destitute, it is much more common that a current family in need of money has always been in need of money.  

 

 

 



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