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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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C is for Citrine -- a member of the Quartz family.  It has a delicate,yellow color, derived from iron; the name itself is derived from the French word citron, for lemon.  Citrine has been found all around the world -- Brazil, Spain, France, Madagascar, Scotland, and the US.   It is often mistaken for the more valuable gemstone topaz.  Natural citrines are rare.  Commercial "citrines" are often heat-treated amethysts ("burnt amethysts") or smoky quartzes.  This semi-precious gemstone is said to be associated with mental clarity, personal will, and especially, creativity.  It is also November's birthstone.  I found this lovely sample on an Etsy site for bridesmade gifts:

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