PRICE OF Dzi
Valuations of dzi are determined by age, scarcity, degree of chippings, cinnabar dots (will grow from inner to the surface with age) and special designs like Buddha’s eye, Vajra Motif, Tara, Lotus and Bottle Motif, and unique patterns to determine the price. Sometimes rare and unique dzi is much higher in prices considering the difficulty in obtaining and bring it in. Dzi is an essential ornament in a Tibetan lady’s adulthood and marriage ceremony. The quantity and quality of the dzi can reveal the wealth of the family.
Valuation of Dzi
- Dzi is the finest adornment for Buddha:
This story can be traced back to the ancient time; the Johkang Monastery in Lhasa offers the finest examples.
- Dzi is the most precious in Tibet:
The value of dzi mainly focuses on its beauty, rarity and durability. It is also determined by ethnic and culture difference. For the Tibetans, the most precious is neither jadeite nor diamond, but dzi.
- Dzi can be accepted by banks for loan:
In Tibet, the old pure dzi can be accepted by the People’s Bank and City Credit Bureau as collateral security for loans. Dzi is equivalent to cash in the eyes of the Tibetans; they can change their dzi into money any time they want.
- Dzi is the handiest property:
Due to the small size, easy to keep and carry, aristocrats, traders and rich people in Tibet use domestic animals and farming field to exchange for dzi; moreover they use money to buy dzi if necessary.
- Dzi is the best amulet:
The most popular tools to ward off evil are amulets and incantations. Dzi is considered the most precious and efficacious amulet.