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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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crow earringsHave I mentioned before that I LOVE HALLOWEEN?!! Whether its called All Saint's Day, Samhain, or All Hallows Day, it has roots in end-of-harvest and honoring-the-dead celebrations of the ancient past. In contemporary America and elsewhere, it is now a secular folk holiday, widely celebrated in homes, schools, and communities, large and small, by people of many paths, ethnic heritages, and worldviews. It has evolved to be an opportunity for people of all ages to creatively express themselves and engage in play in the realm of make-believe and fantasy through costumes, trick-or-treating, storytelling, play-acting, pranks, cathartic scary place visits, and of course, jewelry.

This year I'm featuring some of my favorite Etsy artisans who have the true spirit of the time. The first is Kelly of ArdentHearts who makes romantic Victorian style jewelry and accessories. She has created a pair of Victorian Gothic inspired earrings (to the right). She dressed natural Howlite gemstone beads with detailed black Victorian-style adornments. Howlite is a white stone with grey veins throughout - She says it reminds her of leafless branches silhouetted by a full October Moon -- and I agree! The focal drops are three-dimensional branches that she gave a natural black patina. She set Swarovski crystal pearls on top of the Howlite stones for a hint of dark elegance.

Next up, Paola of Themoonbeams, who makes handsculpted unisex jewelry of polymer clay -- fun bat pumpkins, green ghoul kitties, skull moons and more –has created these adorable hand sculpted and hand painted (GLOW IN THE DARK!!) ghost pendants (to the left). They are made to order and cute enough to EAT! (But don't!) 

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And finally…

Iris of EvelinesGarden, who makes jewelry of natural gemstone and crystal. She is a self-described flower fairy, bookworm, hedge witch, history geek, lover of gemstones, and connoisseur of dark and twisted things. I love the little Shakespearean poem she has on her 'about her' page --

skull braceletShe is mine own,
And I as rich in having such a jewel
As twenty seas, if all their sand were pearl,
The water nectar, and the rocks pure gold.

Iris also enjoys working with leather and glass - and she has incorporated just about all of her favorites in this handsome unisex Halloween Skull Shamballa Bracelet. It contains a Howlite skull, as well as Lava, Red Jasper, Hematite, Botswana Agate, Rock Crystal, and Cracked Fire Agate, woven in Macrame style into a Shamballa cord.

I hope you enjoy Halloween and the Harvest Time immensely, and hope to hear from you about your creations and favorites as well.

If you liked this post, you might also like my previous posts --

Stones for Samhain

and

Witch's Brew

Until Next Time,

Sheila

 

 

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