• Lac Beads

    Indian, Tibetan and Nepalese beads made of lac, horn, bone and wood

    In this category you will find traditional beads made in India, Nepal or Tibet. There are for example Lac Beads molded with resin and embellished with seed beads, tiny glass balls and metal ornaments, classical Nepalese beads made of various gemstones embellished with silver caps or ornaments and the famous Tibetan Dzi Bead: Pronounced 'zee,' this type of bead originated in ancient Tibet. DZI beads are believed to be "jewelry dropped from heaven by the gods" and have been a valued collectible for over 1,300 years. Modern replicas are made of agate carved into a basic shape. A design is then painted on them with an alkaline metal and they are fired.