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quartz and silver 2This is a beautiful, clear, natural Quartz crystal and silver pendant to use as a necklace or for crystal healing and insights (or both!). Approx. 35 mm long including bale (or approx. 1 1/2") and approx. 15 mm. (a bit over 1/2") wide. Exclusively for our friends and fans, please remember you can use code 14123 for a 20% discount on this or anything else in the shop!

 

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Venetian Murano Glass Lampwork BeadsFor centuries, Venice, Italy has been known for making the highest quality glass beads in the world.  There are many types, including lampwork, silver-foiled or gold-foiled, chevrons, millefiori, and dichronic beads.  For the last 200 years the rest of the world has been emulating these traditional Italian techniques.  I chose one sample to feature here from Shelly Thelen's shop on Etsy, as I was entranced the moment I saw them.  These are "Venetian Murano Glass Lampwork Beads" -- lovely!  What's nice about beads like this is that you only need two to create an incredible set of earrings, and a single one for a necklace.  At home I have a necklace that is so lovely and simple -- just three gorgeous gold beads hanging from a gold chain.  And such creations don't have to cost an arm and a leg, especially if you make it yourself.  Contact us for more information about advice on how to do this, unless you want to stroll into a high-end jewelry store and slap down $3,000 or so.  Also be sure to peruse a sampling of our focal and signature beads at The Bead Collection and/or our Etsy Shop:  http://tinyurl.com/atcs2p3

 

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