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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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silver imageOver the ages, silver has been associated with the moon, the night, the Goddess, the life force, the soul.  It is the symbol of the unconscious realm, and is said to aid in lucid dreaming.  Pure silver is called sterling.  Other metals may be added, such as copper, to increase its hardness and durability, since like gold, it is a soft metal.  Silver is found in veins underground. It is also found in trace amounts in zinc, lead, gold and copper ores. Silver can also be found with other minerals like sulfur and arsenic.  There are so many interesting facts about silver, for example:  1) It is the best conductor of electricity of any element; 2) it is a natural and powerful antibiotic (when one takes the trouble to research the proper type to ingest) and even aids in the prevention of infections; 3) it has been used since ancient times, for religious artifacts, jewelry, currency, and food utensils; 4) it is a valuable industrial raw material and provides investment opportunities; 5) it is a relatively scarce natural resource -- in the 1900's, there were about 12 billion ounces of silver above ground -- today, there are only about 300 million; 6) the term for silver and money is exactly the same in 14 different languages; 7) Mexico, Chile and Peru are the largest producers of silver; and 95% of silver consumed every year is used in silverware, jewelry and photography.  Since our specific interest is in beading and jewelry, I've included a photograph of an creative example of silverwork from the site, in this case a piece designed by Keira Arps of Butte, Montana.  Also check out our very special silver components for your creations at our Etsy Site:


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