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glass redThis is a set of red glass beads and pendant for your matching earring/necklace designs. The earring beads (approx. 1 mm. long) consist of clear red glass set in gold oval frames. My understanding is that these are vintage, from the 1950's. The pendant (approx. 1" long and 1 mm. wide) is of blown glass with gold and other elements, with a generous horizontal hole (through the red section), ready for stringing. This is not vintage, but it is beautifully handcrafted, and it goes so nicely with these beads that we are offering it as a set for your jewelry designs.

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Today we start a new tradition for The Bead Collection -- each week, we'll feature a snippet about a single bead (or charm, or cab, or whatever!) or beads. We have so many people listing favorite items (and listing lots of different items, I might add) on our Etsy site, so I thought people might like to see a bit more about their fav's!

This week's focus is on turquoise beads, which we've spent some time on in our previous blog post: December's Birthstone: Turquoise. This particular gemstone gets lots of fan mail! You can be assured that you are not alone if you love turquoise.  Here in the Southwest where we live, it's hard to tell whether people are more devoted to their green chile or their turquoise!  There are so many types of Turquoise, we can't begin to cover them in this short post.  We have lovely selections in our Etsy shop – of Turquoise from the 'Old Man Mine' in Arizona, Chinese Turquoise, Turquoise and Coral Tibetan pendants, and more! We'll keep adding to our collection, so stay tuned!

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