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tiny pinkThis is another of our FAVORITE items in the shop -- a gorgeous strand of delicate pink, natural untreated Peruvian Opal beads. They are faceted for a delightful sparkle! Each is approx. 6 mm.
and there are 90 beads on a 17" (approx.) strand.

Break them up and use a touch of gold for earrings, or string them together for a stunning necklace!

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sugaliteSugilite is a rare translucent mineral with color ranges from pale lilac to deep purple.  Virtually all Sugilite available today comes from mines in South Africa.  It is an amazing mix of chemical compounds, including potassium, sodium, lithium, manganese, aluminum, iron, silicon and oxygen.  This semi-precious gemstone was not even discovered until 1944, but since then has been prized and is frequently set with turquoise and lapis lazuli for stunning effect.  Some spiritual practitioners indicate that it is an extraordinary 'cleansing' stone, with the ability to eliminate toxic influences from one's inner and outer environment -- and some even claim that it has the power to help the wearer heal from cancer.  Emotionally, it is said to dissolve negativity, and whatever your beliefs about this, just looking at this lovely stone achieves that effect for me!  See how the sugalite beads in this creation from Amber Tortoise Jewelry (from Etsy.com) pair beautifully with the equally rare purple turquoise.  We invite you to peruse our collection of other unique gemstones and beads at The Bead Collection:  http://www.thebead.net   and also at our sister shop:    http://tinyurl.com/atcs2p3

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