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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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The Bead logo web BW 1 300x300So many of you are out there working away to make and sell your one of a kind, handcrafted jewelry. But you may be having trouble explaining to folks why it's the best kind of jewelry to buy and wear. So here's a script you can give them next time they ask (or they don't ask but you know you need to tell them) --

The FIVE biggest reasons to buy and/or wear handcrafted jewelry.

1) You want to get something UNIQUE for that special someone.

When you think of (or see) jewelry, is your first thought to get it for yourself, or do you sometimes think of getting it for someone you love and appreciate? Believe it or not, most people actually think of their loved ones first. Now suppose you do want to buy someone a gift. Do you want it to be just any kind of jewelry, something mass produced that anyone could find and buy? Or do you want something custom-made, something incorporating the unique spirit of the artist, and possibly something designed just with that special someone in mind? Way better, right? The top reason people wear custom made jewelry is because it is a gift from a loved one and it carries a special message or brings to mind a treasured moment. What better way to express your feelings toward your friend or family member? You know that not only is the jewelry itself a unique gift conveying love and appreciation -- but also, it delivers the message and emotions even better. It just feels great to wear an artisan-made necklace chosen or designed just for you; you can take a quick look at it when you're out and about and bring up a lovely memory of the gift-giver, or a moment that can brighten your mood in a split second.

2) It's a great way to send society a MESSAGE!

What are the most wonderful moments in people's lives? Maybe getting engaged, getting married, having a child, getting a new job? How do we show that to the world? How about an engagement ring, a wedding ring, or a simple necklace that symbolize that special time. You might have an engraved ring with the name of your love, a necklace with your child's birthstone, or earrings made from the first pennies you ever earned. We use custom made jewelry to make a statement about ourselves or the life event we are experiencing. We like sending society a message about the happy times in our lives, and if you think about it, we like doing it by showing off with any type of jewelry. Of course, it’s even better when it is a one of a kind piece made just for you. That communicates to others our personality and our outlook on the special events that occur in our life.

3) It's a great way to make a STATEMENT.

Of course it's satisfying to send a message to society about your social status or a special life event -- but with custom made jewelry, you can even make a BIG statement about your personality. What better way to show your nature to others, than by using jewelry you wear, and without the need to utter a single word? You can demonstrate your values just by wearing a boho necklace, a steampunk bracelet, or a delicate and expensive gemstone ring. You can convey things like creativity, power, playfulness, class, romanticism, and more.

4) You can always be 'in the know' regarding FASHION.

Fashion is a powerful worldwide industry. It can often dictate what's 'in style' and what people 'should' be wearing. But the thing is, custom made jewelry will never go out of fashion. Plus, even people who don't give a hoot about fashion get excited about custom made jewelry. And sometimes, just wearing custom made jewelry can inspire people to BE more fashionable.

5) You know you're getting QUALITY.

Last but not least is the quality. What comes into your mind when you think about custom-made jewelry? QUALITY, of course! Often, when people talk about jewelry, they imagine something expensive; but when it comes to custom-made jewelry, not only the materials are expensive, but the fact that everything is handmade somehow speaks of high quality. Plus the designs are unique, and the jewelry is made with love and passion. The artisan may even know the source and story of the gemstones in a piece -- and with the best artisans you can bet they have gotten the most precious, beautiful and natural pieces to work with.

Do you have other reasons you can think of for buying handcrafted, custom made jewelry? If so, we hope you'll respond here at the web site and share them with us and everyone.
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