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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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van goghI decided to explore Etsy in search of unusual and distinctive jewelry artisans, and stumbled upon ‘Hallie OneEyeCat’ – a designer who runs two shops on Etsy – OneEyeCatStudio, and TheEclecticBohemian. Hallie is a self-identified designer of ‘unique and unusual representational jewelry’. I love her intro in the OneEyeCatStudio shop especially – she says: If this stuff is too weird for you, visit my other shop TheEclecticBohemian. Her stuff is definitely not too weird for me. I love it! I’ve shared some of my favs, including her descriptions/inspirations. Maybe she will inspire you too!

First up (to the right), her inspiring Vincent Van Gogh necklace, a one of a kind, beaded necklace inspired by the artist’s paintings at the end of his life -- specifically by the painting Wheat Field with Crows. The last ten weeks of Van Gogh's ife were spent at Auvers-sur-Oise. He died there from an infected (generally accepted to be self-inflicted) gunshot wound to the abdomen. During his brief stay at the Auberge Ravoux he finished close to 75 paintings. Hallie has created the necklace in homage to the artist and his work – a colorful creation of semi-precious stones and carved resin beads. You can see in it the wheat field in greens and golds – and three drops of blood. Above that is a strand of blues, greys and white, representing the skies he painted. Here she has used carved tree agate, jade, magnesite, lapis lazuli, a carved horn crow, and a large carved vintage resin focal bead – wire-wrapped together with antique copper. Amazing and cool and beautiful!

voodooNext, another favorite of mine – her ‘Fortune Teller Bracelet’. This one was inspired by the Rolling Stones’ version of the Allen Toussaint song ‘Fortune Teller’. She’s used handmade lampwork evil eye beads, wire-wrapped in lightly oxidized copper with turquoise, lapis lazuli, magnesite, coral and small brass music note and heart drops. At one end is a vintage copper hand charm and a miniature crystal ball. Over the bracelet is a raw brass ring engraved with “Our Fate is Our Destiny”.

long pearlAnd last but not least, her long, looooong pearl earrings – Steampunk earrings of large lacy vintage filigree rondelles, with a beautiful old-world natural patina, holding a long, handmade wire-wrapped string of deep fuchsia freshwater pearls.

Off to the next page I’ve featured a photo Hallie uses in the OneEyeCatStudio. I love the blue hair!

As you can tell, Hallie is inspired by other artists, and she re-interprets their work in such a vibrant way. I think it is so wonderful when one artist appreciates and celebrates another. We need more of that in this world – and more love for artists in general. You can promote Hallie by checking out her shops and 'favoriting' any items you find intriguing.

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