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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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amethyst pendantPrecious and semi-precious stones have a long and fascinating history!  Stone bowls, fetishes, and jewelry have been found in caves that were inhabited over 5000 years ago. The ancient Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians all revered these stones and used them for everything from talismans to medicine, makeup to burial items. An integral part of the history of such stones is the mythology or folklore of how they were created, or came to be. For example, in Greek mythology, it was believed that Dyonysus, the god of wine, celebration, intoxication, and joviality, was responsible for the creation of Amethyst. The story goes as follows –

One day Dyonysus became enraged with mortals and decided he would take revenge by letting his two fierce tigers devour the next mortal to cross his path. He immediately spotted a beautiful young virgin maiden named Amethysta who was on her way to Diana's temple to pay homage to the goddess. The wrathful god detained Amethysta and unleashed his hungry tigers upon her. Amethysta cried out to Diana for help. When Diana saw what was about to happen, she turned Amethysta into a statue of gleaming clear quartz, thereby protecting her from the tigers. When Dionysus realized the ruthlessness of his actions, filled with remorse, he began to weep tears of wine over the statue. (He must have been drinking quite a bit, to have his tears so saturated with wine – don't you think?)  ;-)) In any case, as you might have guessed – his tears thus stained the quartz statue purple creating the stone Amethyst.

The lovely amethyst pendulum pictured here likely has no exotic history connected with this particular incident, but some gem enthusiasts would still claim it has the power to provoke honesty (an ancient lie detector test?), encourage a quiet and calm mind (Keep Calm and Wear Amethyst?), and provide comfort in times of loss or grief. I don't know about that, but next time you suspect someone is lying to you, you might try holding
a crystal like this over them (or even this one, if you choose to buy it at our Etsy shop: – and see how it swings. They say if it swings in small, tight circles (as opposed to large swooping ones), you can tell how 'open' the person's chakra is. If it is closed, it could indicate stagnant or unbalanced energy, according to Caroline Myss in The Anatomy of the Spirit.  In any case, it's interesting to think about! And in the meantime, when are we going to get a 'CSI' show that uses gems and crystals to solve crime? Still waiting...I might have to write the script for the pilot myself!

If you enjoyed this blog post, you might also enjoy the post: October's Birthstones: Opal and Tourmaline.


0 # Margot Guerrera 2013-06-03 17:11
Just a little high light note for you Sheila, the sciences of anthropology and psychic philosophies will tend to not only support what you have been writing about but also validate or negate certain truth wisdoms as to whether or not it is source energy. These days science is supporting fully that everything in and on this planet including us is all living vibrational matter.
How we approach making decisions in our lives via the stone pendulum with healthy minded intent is then a conversation as within-so without, what you believe is the energy, the power. Happy monday!
Margot Guerrera
Painter and Ancient Arts Conservator for 35+ years
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0 # Sheila McLaughlin 2013-06-03 19:34
Thank you, Margot! Hope all is well with you. Let me know if I can interview you for a 'featured artist' piece on you in this blog -- more folks should know about you and your wonderful/uniqu e work!
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+1 # vipin 2013-11-21 07:43
I must say that overall I am really impressed with this blog.It is easy to see that you are impassioned about your writing.
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0 # So mclaughlin 2013-11-21 10:43
Thank you so much! Are you a jewelry designer too?
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