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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 beadsThese beautiful beads are increasingly rare. 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. The graduated strand of vintage beads sold here* measure approximately 14 - 28 mm. in diameter, with the total length strand being approximately 24". The beads naturally show slight wear and tear associated with age. Each bead was made by hand, so no two are exactly the same.

They would be a valuable addition to any vintage bead collection, and/or a source of beautiful components for your most exotic designs.

*Click the orange Shop Now/Buy Items on Etsy button to purchase, and don't forget to take advantage of the Friends & Fans discount (20%) - use Coupon Code 14123 at checkout.

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