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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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rhodoniteRhodonite is a red or pink gemstone made up of manganese silicate, with gray to black manganese 'veins' that create fascinating, earthy patterns throughout.  Some have called it the 'pink turquoise' because of this designed effect.  It can appear vitreous (glassy, like broken glass or quartz) or pearly (lustrous/irridescent).  It is found all around the world, and in America primarily in the states of New Jersey and Massachusets.  It is also found in Russia, and in fact in Moscow the subway tiles are made of rhodonite.  In fact, the most famous deposits are found in Russia. People in Russia call it the “orletz” which means “the eagle stone” because eagles in the region were discovered to carry small pieces of Rhodonite to their nests. A delightful story about this is that in this same region, people initiated a custom of placing small Rhodonite stones in their babies’ cradles as well.  Not a bad idea for those who follow the belief that Rhodonite has a calming effect, and further -- an ability to help in the fulfillment of one's highest aspirations. I've departed from the usual feature from Etsy.com because I ran across this wonderful sample of Rhodonite jewelry on the Charisma Bolivia site.  See The Bead Collection and our Etsy.com site (  http://tinyurl.com/atcs2p3  )  for our Rhodonite offering and many other pieces of our fine focal beads and pendants.

 

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