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red agateJust perfect for your Halloween creations -- these Red Agate Evil Eye beads are of stone that was formed from layers of silica from volcanic cavities. Agate is named after the Achates River (now known as the Dirillo River) on the island of Sicily, Italy, whose upper waters were an ancient source of this gemstone. Each strand offered here has 16 round faceted beads, with colors ranging from red to amber, as shown. Each bead is approx. 10 mm. with an approx. 2 mm. hole. Each strand is $10, but for a limited time, take 10% off with the code HALLOWEEN at checkout.

 

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corn necklace etsy versionThis OH SO SPECIAL yellow & blue corn kernel necklace set was handcrafted by Indian women and men on the Santo Domingo Pueblo located between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. They grow the corn, dry it, color it, and then string the necklaces themselves. You might wonder if the corn 'beads' would deteriorate over time, but I've found that they last indefinitely since the kernels are dry -- somewhat like a nut bead necklace.  One suggestion for preservation, if you want to be sure, is to keep it in a baggie in the freezer when you're not wearing it -- I know that sounds funny but I'm told that's the secret of some well-preserved vintage corn necklaces I've seen that were made in the 60's!.  
 
The end ties are from soft deer skin leather; the necklaces are separate and both slip easily over the head. They are sold as this set of two.
 
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