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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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gypsy earringsDo you prefer the non-traditional, non-conformist approach to life, style, fashion, and handmade jewelry? If so and if you aren't already a boho-jewelry artisan, you might want to consider it.

The words "boho" or "bohemian" are most often used when describing someone who does not conform to tradition. This is the case in the way one might act as well as dress, and that is when jewelry and fashion come into play. When we're talking about fashion, the word Bohemian is used to convey an attitude and style that says free-spirited.

Called Boho for short, the Bohemian look is earthy and natural, and sometimes ethnic or tribal. Designs may incorporate leather, stones, ceramic/pottery, wood, natural fabrics, and materials from the earth. Vintage jewelry components may also be included.

You can get a feeling for today's Boho chic look by looking back to the late 1960's to early 1970's "hippie" fashions -- not Mod, you want more of a "flower child" look.

The best thing about the Bohemian look is that nothing has to "match." The pieces should layer well and work together to create classy, Boho chic appearance.

aura necklaceSuch creations are often bright and fun, not something you would normally see on a person who prefers a traditional white pearl necklace.

In exploring my Etsy colleague's shops, I found some awesome boho creations that fit these criteria. Check them out, as they are a true inspiration! From top to bottom are:

rocksandpaperswans' beautiful gypsy earrings, with orange mystic quartz points, copper, tiny Mexican fire opals, and turquoise Czech glass;

WingostarrJewelry's aura-chalcedony and rainbow quartz necklace; and

beaded braceletsTheJoyMoosCollection's boho-beaded bracelets, with large carnelian focal stones, lost wax gold metal beads, turquoise gemstones, and picasso jasper beads.

We also hope you'll tell us about beautiful boho jewelry you make and/or love -- and send us photos! You can always reach us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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0 # Susan Swan 2017-01-02 21:40
Sheila, thanks so much for including my earrings. It is lovely to be noticed!
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0 # Somclaughlin 2017-01-03 01:39
Quoting Susan Swan:
Sheila, thanks so much for including my earrings. It is lovely to be noticed!

Thank YOU for your graciousness!! And for being willing to showcase your talents! Beautiful creations -- kudos to you!!
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