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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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amethyst necklaceThe birthstone assigned to those with the Aquarious zodiac sign (January 20 - February 18) is most commonly the Amethyst, that gorgeous stone known for its rich, clear violet to purple color.  This is a member of the quartz family, and throughout the ages has been highly valued and associated with royalty. 

Amethyst is reputed to have the healing property of helping the wearer overcome alcoholism and other addictions, since it is seen as a stone of purification.  Some feel that it even has the ability to create a protective shield that helps to rid a person of negative influences and attachments.  Others believe it can assist with the healing of headaches, insomnia, arthritis, pain relief, circulatory system issues, and general healing. 

Remember the poems I mentioned about birthstones from the Gregorian calendar?  The one for February is as follows:

The February-born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they an amethyst will wear

In ancient Rome and Greece, amethyst was fashioned into vellels or worn as an amulet against drunkenness. In Egypt it was used to make beads and amulets, and has been used throughout history, as its 'vibration' is thought to be so beneficial.  Some even feel it can help develop one's psychic abilities, by impacting the energy of the brain and thought process. 

Whatever you do or don't believe about the nature of such stones, crystals and gemstones, there is no doubt that this is one of the most entrancing.  This vintage necklace from the late 1800's (from the site 'Myvintagediamond') is an exquisite example of what can be done with amethyst beads.  We're happy to say we just sold the lovely amethyst beads we had featured on our own Etsy site,  -- to an artisan in Australia!  We'll be getting more soon, so stay tuned!  We'll also list them here on the main web site, and stand ready to advise you on the many creative ways this wonderful stone can be used. 

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