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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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clear quartzQuartz is made up of minerals -- specifically, silicon dioxide or silica, most often found on the earth's continental crust.  Its crystal system can take many forms, with some of the most beautiful forming a glassy, transparent/translucent composition.  The term 'quartz' originated from the Slavic word for 'hard', and it is indeed a hard stone.  There are many colors of crystals, and my favorites are the clear colors:  amethyst (lavender), citrine (lemon), rose (pink), and tourmaline (mixed colors -- including my very favorite, watermelon tourmaline, which is green and pink).  Quartz crystals have been referred to as the "ice of the gods", and have been used throughout the ages for healing or magical purposes.  To many, they serve as symbols of beauty, health and power.  Clear Quartz especially is thought to bring heightened spiritual awareness to whoever wears, carries or meditates with it.  This gorgeous example from was handcrafted by Karen at BeautifulFeelings.  Check out our Etsy site for one of my favorites in our holdings -- delicate amethyst teardrop beads, reading for stringing or fashioning into very special earrings. 

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