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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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spring necklace 1This week I'm featuring inspired work by three talented Etsy colleagues, with a focus on SPRING!

I know it's still a little early for this, and some of you may still be snowed in. But in New Mexico the little crocuses and daffodils are poking their heads out of the earth, and most days are warmer. And while we pray the apricot trees won't bud too soon, we thought we'd focus on getting ready for that time of year for flowers, leaves, vibrant pastels, and springtime creations.

My first discovery on my search for inspirational spring jewelry was Cynthia Smith of PorcelainIndustry, based in Darien, Connecticut. Cynthia is a wife, mom, tennis player, potter, art collector, and fashion freak. She's been collecting beautiful art for about 9 years, playing tennis for 5 years, and creating pots with her own hands for 5 months -- and loving it. She was trained as a lawyer, not an artist. But her love for art that she was so great she decided to start making something of her own. She dabbled with oil painting and then chose ceramics. Once she started that, she couldn't stop. She finds the possibilities to be endless. And she still does ceramics, but she decided to focus her Etsy shop on jewelry, which is as she puts it, 'as much an art form as anything else'.

Cynthia loves to put colors, patterns and textures together to form a wearable piece of jewelry. You can just see the joy in this spectacular long multi-gemstone statement necklace! It's a whimsical, fun fantasy piece, which she designed and made herself. She used 24K gold vermeil wire, beads and links, carefully wire wrapping the finest quality semi-precious and precious gemstones in. It has teardrop sapphires, rare green tourmaline, mystic pink topaz teardrop briolettes, and green and pink chalcedony teardrop briolettes, to name a few. There are also rose quartz cubes, crackle fire agaters, and several gorgeous Venetian murano glass beads. This necklace made me think of Spring in all its glory; you can tell this woman loves her art.

green beadsNext up is Donna Ducharme of Grand Detour, Illinois. Her favorite materials are silver, copper, gems, sterling steel balls, leather, pearls and sea glass, and anything reused or repurposed. I immediately fell in love with this springy green necklace of Chrysoprase and Tsourite Quartz. It made me think of first blooms and the joy of coming out of winter. Her Etsy shop is StudioDucharme, and you may want to peruse many other beautiful creations by this talented artist.

turquoise braceletThe final discovery was Melissa Barbara of NoGlitzNoGlory. This bracelet was lovingly made by Melissa Barber, who works at a bead shop in Portland Maine. Her favorite technique is kumihimo, an ancient Japanese braiding art that creates beautiful patterns. She likes to experiment with many different types of beads, and she teaches the braiding with beads technique at the store.

This particular bracelet was made with two kinds of blue Czech glass beads and shiny gold Czech glass beads, surrounded by tan Greek leather.

To see more of her beautiful work, check out NoGlitzNoGlory at Etsy.

I hope you'll tell us about beautiful creations YOU are making in celebration of spring! Please contact us here via the web site or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to tell us about yourself and share photos and links.

Until Next Time,



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