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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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malachite pendantMalachite is such a beautiful stone, with its striations and layers of deep green, blue-green, blue, and lighter green -- a stone that can stand on its own as an exquisite natural work of art, or paired with stones or beads of complimentary colors.  This beautiful example by Ronald Ouch -- featured on Etsy.com -- shows just one of the many creative possibilities.  Malachite was used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans for jewelry, amulets, and even cosmetics.  The stone is mined in Chile, Zaire, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, the Eurasian Eural mountains, and Arizona.  Artists and miners must use great caution when cutting, carving or breaking malachite, as the dust can pose a serious health hazard.  Interestingly, the stone is associated with healing; it is thought to increase vitality, support tissue repair, and is recommended for inflammation, arthritis, Digestion and detoxification.  Stone mystics also assert that malachite is one of the most important stones for protection from negative energies.  Whatever one may believe about the stone's power, there is no doubt that it is an absolutely unique and stunning semi-precious gemstone -- well-suited for your one-of-a-kind creations.

 

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