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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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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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