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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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ruby necklace 1Many cultures have long considered ruby a stone of kings. Ruby symbolism and lore have been associated with power, wealth, the protection of these assets. Possessing a ruby supposedly benefited and protected the owner’s holdings and assisted in the accumulation of wealth, including the acquisition of more gems!

When worn as a talisman, ruby’s mystical properties extended to personal protection. People believed if they wore the stone on the left, the heart side, they would live peacefully. No-one could rob them of their land or rank. The special blood-colored stone would save them from all perils.

The blood-like color of the ruby no doubt encouraged associations with this life-sustaining fluid. Those who risked their lives were believed to have a special connection to the gem. The ancient Burmese prized the ruby as the stone of soldiers. They believed it bestowed invulnerability. However, wearing it on the left was not sufficient. Only those who had rubies physically inserted into their flesh would gain this benefit; then would they be safe from wounds from spears, swords, or guns. It was also believed rubies could remedy bleeding and inflammation, and increase the warmth of the body.

The ruby’s inner glow seems to hint that it contains an inner fire. This visual effect may have inspired some curious beliefs -- such as -- "A ruby placed in water can bring it to a boil," or "If hidden in a wrapping, the gem can shine through and reveal its presence." Stories are told of rubies that emit their own light. One was even described as “shining like a torch.”

All varieties of rubies were thought to hold similar properties. In addition to their protective powers, they were said to control evil thoughts, dispel anger, and resolve disputes. However, darker rubies were considered “male” and lighter gems “female.” When people in the Middle Ages encountered gems with carved images, they believed these were found this way in nature. Although these stones were carved in ancient times, they didn’t think humans crafted them into such shapes. They believed these discoveries to possess special powers. For example, in the 13th century CE work, The Book of Wings, Ragiel writes:

The beautiful and terrible figure of a dragon. If this is found on a ruby or any other stone of similar nature and virtue, it has the power to augment the goods of this world and makes the wearer joyous and healthy.

my peace and love ruby necklaceHindus regard the ruby, known as “the king of precious stones,” as more valuable than any other gem. The Mani Mala describes the Kalpa Tree, a symbolic offering to the Hindu gods, as composed entirely of precious stones. Made of sapphires, diamonds, topazes, emeralds, and other gems, this magnificent tree was believed to bear rubies as fruit. One of the ceremonial offerings Hindus leave at various temples consists of gems and jewelry. Regarding those who gift rubies, the Harita Smritisays: He who worships Krishna with rubies will be reborn as a powerful emperor. If with a small ruby, he will be born a king.

In honor of this royal stone, I'm featuring a few creations from some of our most-admired Etsy artisans.

From top to bottom are:

mala rubyJewelsAndPlunder's splendid ruby necklace with gold beads and pink pearls,

MyPeaceAndLove's "Tribe of Passion" necklace, with rubies, pink sapphire, pave diamonds, black spinel and tusk pendant, and

JeweloftheGypsy's mala bead necklace, with ruby zoisite, agate gemstones, and silk.

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