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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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agate 2Here's a sneak preview of just a couple of the wonderful items to be featured at the Santa Fe Bead Fest on March 20-22. Shannon and I will be exhibiting along with Margot Guerrera, an incredible jewelry artist, creator of miniature paintings, natural mineral paint expert, and all-around wonderful person. If you want to see and buy distinctive beads and other elements to make your designer adornment fabulously unique, this is the place to be. Click on the link at the web site ( to access a discount coupon for the show and to learn more.

If you decide to attend, you won't mind being in Santa Fe at this time of year. A year or two ago, Forbes magazine listed Santa Fe as one of "America's prettiest towns", and put our community on its list of "best small places for businesses and careers". We couldn't agree more. Pueblo style architecture and rugged surroundings make the area unique, homey and inviting. The mountains and local ski area, the many art galleries, and its 2005 designation as the United Nation's first "Creative City", are all part of Santa Fe's charm.

As for the show itself, Bead Fest will feature oodles of beads, jewelry supplies, and finished jewelry from vendors you won't find in stores! There will be hands-on instruction in jewelry-making – participants will be able to work side by side with renowned jewelry artists to learn silversmithing, lampworking, bead embroidery and much more – and all skill levels are welcomed. (See for details.)

amethystJust as a reminder, we really hope to get more engagement and dialog here on this blog site, so we can learn more about what beaders, jewelry designers and artisans are looking for, what they need and want – and how we can help others to increase their success as well! Since the whole point is to inspire and assist you, our most-admired designers, we need to hear more about what you're looking for, and make sure we offer it to you in a way that is convenient and affordable.

So please, please, please, post comments here at the blog ( or at Linked-In (The Bead Collection), or Facebook ( or Pinterest ( or just send us convos via Etsy ( )-- Whatever is easy! But we really want to hear more from you – and appreciate your business and engagement to date.

In the meantime, we continue to be humbled by the talent that's out there in every medium and style – metalsmithing, work with polymer clay and pottery beads, lampwork, paper beads, tribal and boho designs, stone, crystal, and the list goes on. In order to honor that talent, we'll continue to do Treasuries on Etsy that feature the work of these incredible artists – YOU – so let us know if you have ideas/requests on these as well. AND – don't forget to send us your e-mail if you'd like to be invited to show your lovely work on our Pinterest board/s 'Distinctive Handcrafted Jewelry' and/or 'Beads and Pendants'. All we ask is that you sign up for this free weekly newsletter and provide us with your e-mail so we can process the invitation.

Until next time, our mighty band of two marches on – in search of just the right and most exquisite thing for your special jewelry designs. (OH, one more thing -- let us know if you'd like us to do a feature story on you and your special jewelry designs -- we'd especially love to hear from people who have bought our beads and pendants so we can feature the awesome pieces they've been made into!)

Until Next Time,


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