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glass redThis is a set of red glass beads and pendant for your matching earring/necklace designs. The earring beads (approx. 1 mm. long) consist of clear red glass set in gold oval frames. My understanding is that these are vintage, from the 1950's. The pendant (approx. 1" long and 1 mm. wide) is of blown glass with gold and other elements, with a generous horizontal hole (through the red section), ready for stringing. This is not vintage, but it is beautifully handcrafted, and it goes so nicely with these beads that we are offering it as a set for your jewelry designs.

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tourmalineI mentioned Watermelon Tourmaline in an earlier blog post and we'll revisit it now.  There are so many types of the special gemstone Tourmaline -- all gorgeous in their own right:  Black, Pink, Red, Green, Blue, Golden, Brown--and even a "Tourmalined Quartz", a clear Quartz with thin crystals of Black Tourmaline running through it.  They all deserve their own special post and we'll get to them someday, but today's focus is my favorite, the Tourmaline that has pink centers and green edges, and is most found in Brazil, Africa, and the U.S.  I'll dive right into the spiritual aspect of Watermelon Tourmaline since it's so delightful -- like Watermelon the fruit!  It is said to awaken the "higher heart", the "seat of the soul", and to awaken unbounded happiness and joy.  It is also believed to heighten the perception of beauty -- and why not?  Look at this incredible example from the site of Fizzcandy.  The name tourmaline actually comes from the Sinhalese word 'turamali', which means "stone with mixed colors". Tourmaline is created in volcanic activity -- a hypothermal process that involves water from hot magma as well as rainwater. 

Beaders amd jewelry designers, check out our wide selection of unique focal beads, gemstones, charms and pendants here at The Bead Collection, and also on our own Etsy site:    And for those who would rather not do their own beadwork, don't forget we can do custom work for you at just pennies on the dollar of what many high-end jewelry stores would charge. Contact us via Facebook or to inquire about options and services.




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