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glass redThis is a set of red glass beads and pendant for your matching earring/necklace designs. The earring beads (approx. 1 mm. long) consist of clear red glass set in gold oval frames. My understanding is that these are vintage, from the 1950's. The pendant (approx. 1" long and 1 mm. wide) is of blown glass with gold and other elements, with a generous horizontal hole (through the red section), ready for stringing. This is not vintage, but it is beautifully handcrafted, and it goes so nicely with these beads that we are offering it as a set for your jewelry designs.

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amethyst roughTumbled and rough gemstones and gemstone beads are one of my very favorite things. They have an appeal of their own, called ‘rough’ because they are the stones in their natural forms – found in the ground, just as mother nature made them. They are sometimes called ‘raw’ gems, but the proper name is rough.

I found several inspiring examples on Etsy, shown here just for fun. The first is BijaMalas’s collection of rough Amethyst points. These folks also appreciate rough stones for meditation, energy healing, reiki, crystal grids, and of course wire-wrapping.

rough necklaceThen there’s BlackVineDesignCo’s Lemurian seed Quartz and black suede necklace. Inspiring just to look at and imagine other variations on this theme or a similar design with different stones!

MysticalForestUK made some sweet little wire-wrapped quartz arrowhead pendants for use in jewelry-making (below)

 

rough quartz pendant

 

and PlutoJewels tempts us with some tourmaline in the rough (below to the left).

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Last but far from least, some stunning rough Mexican Opal from OzBeads. What would you make with these?

 

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Until Next Time,

Sheila

 

 

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