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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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blue necklaceWhy is bold beautiful? For a woman, they say being beautiful is about accepting who you are and not what others think you should be. It's about being real, being your most authentic self. So just by definition, being bold is different for everyone. Being bold is about sharing your own story. In the realm of handmade jewelry, boldness can be expressed through the wearing and/or making of striking jewelry -- using the pieces and threads that make up what is uniquely you. It's about making soulful, dramatic pieces that speak to you, as well as the viewer and/or wearer.

I was surprised to find that it wasn't all that easy to find beautiful, well made jewelry of this type when I did an Etsy search. That means the examples I found here stand far above the rest. Of course, they reflect the sort of boldness that appeals to me. You may well prefer a whole different approach, whether it be in extremely unique materials, courageous colors, very large pieces, or extreme sparkle! But you get the idea. The point is, don't shy away from something you think people will stare at -- in a good way! As women we are often trained to be shy and humble, and in fashion or life in general, that doesn't always work! There are times we want to break out of the crowd and say just who we are, and why we're proud of that.

What's your favorite bold jewelry? I've included some selections -- descriptions and links below. These are just a few of the jewelry designers who inspire me. I hope you'll share your own favorites and discuss via comment. At Jewelry4UOnly, I found this gorgeous Boho style Ethnic Rope necklace (shown at upper right hand corner) -- made of polymer clay, natural stones, leather, chains, cotton and jute cords.

moonstone ringAt bespangledjewelry, this is my favorite of many bold pieces -- a row of lovely faceted dark purple amethyst nuggets are wrapped to make a funky modern style elegant ring.

brass necklaceFinally, there is this incredible creation from DivineEminence (on the left) -- a piece of vintage components including Ethiopian brass beads, Ghanian lost wax beads, and Tibetan spacer beads, and Thai gold leaf beads.

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