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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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Fire-polish beads are one alternative to more expensive gemstone beads; they can provide sparkle and light to a creation that otherwise might be drab.  These beads are handmade in the Czech Republic through a process of molding, facet-cutting, and firing in a high-temperature furnace.  The process gives the bead a beautiful sheen and scratch-resistant surface.  The beads come in many shapes, sizes and colors, and there are endless uses for them in your jewelry creations.  See just one example of a fire-polish bead necklace from "Treasures by Leo" on Etsy:  http://tinyurl.com/adv5upr

A great source for all types of beads, including these, is Fire Mountain Gems:  http://tinyurl.com/cggojnv

 

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