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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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shell bead SMALLThese African shell beads are increasingly rare, prized by collectors of trade beads. In Mauritania, they are carefully matched and worn on their own and in combination with glass beads. Such beads are more popular and collectable than ever. Thousands are in private collections around the world. The African Traders are having to go deeper and deeper into Africa to find more of these beads, and many styles which were readily available just 5 years ago are no longer seen today. Click the "Buy Items on Etsy" button on this web site to learn more about them.

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