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Original Message:   Re: Nice bead
Wow another stunner Danny! I have never had the opportunity to see these large biconical Indus types in the flesh. One day maybe. This photo is of my favourite bead, I was in the mountains of Northern India near the border with Tibet. Each day I'd have lunch and a local tea shop run by a very nice Tibetan lady. The tastiest momos I ever had... I noticed her Choong dZi and complimented her on it. She had two long multi strand freshwater pearl necklaces broken with turquoise and coral. The centre piece on one was a large gold pendant ad the other was this bead. She told me that while she liked the dZi she wanted another gold pendant. As it happened I had some 24k gold with me... back in those days taking gold was better than cash and you could turn a profit because of the hefty import duties. I told her this and she offered to trade her dZi for a tola of gold(10 grams). The next day I brought the gold with me and her husband and I walked to town, there we visited a goldsmith who tested the gold with acid. He proclaimed it pure. The dZi came into my possession right then and there. The lady told me that her mother gave it to her and it had come from many generations of her grandmothers. I felt bad taking it so I went back every day for a couple of weeks and offered to swap it back. But she was very happy with the deal. I often wear this bead. It has been very helpful to me and almost medicinal. There has been some very difficult times in life when this beads presence has helped me to stay balanced.... my troubles seem trivial when I think of all the owners who have had this bead. All their troubles now amount to nothing....and one day all mine will amount to no more than that. This bead continues its journey through the centuries, I am just a temporary custodian in a long line stretching back and forward through time for thousands of years.
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