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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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The birthstone for March is Aquamarine, the stone whose name is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea.  Historically, this gemstone was thought to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage for travelers.  You might even think of calm waters when you look at this lovely greenish-blue to blue-green stone.  It is generally pale-colored and clear, and has always been one of my favorite stones.  It is mined in Brazil, Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique.   MonBedo of features the pictured aquamarine beads paired with gold, peridot, and Ceylon sapphire beads. 

Aquamarine is such a calming color, and the stone itself is said to be calming and cooling -- able to assist one in clear communication and the expression of truth.  It is thought to be a stone of the 'water element, bringing the wearer in touch with the subconscious and the deepest emotions.  I love the association of aquamarine with the Goddess; according to legend, Aquamarine is the treasure of mermaids, and it has been dedicated to a number of sea goddesses including the Greek love goddess, Aphrodite, whose name means 'born of the foam'.  It is said that the stone can lend the courage and clarity to express a woman's inner knowledge, and to enhance intuitive abilities.  One particularly interesting aspect of the belief about this stone is that it is particularly powerful when placed in water, and that it can be 'recharged and cleansed' by placement in water on the night of the full moon.

I have one set of gorgeous, large, clear aquamarine briolette beads for sale -- not yet pictured on our Etsy site -- -- or at The Bead Collection -- please inquire if interested.

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