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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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agateAgate, June's birthstone, is a product of volcanic activity, and is found throughout the world in stone nodules called 'geodes'. If you've never seen or held a geode, look for them in stores that deal in minerals and gems -- they are fascinating. They remind me of an oyster or a fortune cookie -- you never know what special thing you are going to find inside. Agates have been used for art and craft purposes since ancient times -- for rings, cameos, drinking vessels, and carvings. They come in many colors -- white, bluish gray, yellow, orange, green, brown, black, and purple, as shown in this example from MiskiaD on The stone is characterized by bands of concentric, irregular rings, and are often referred to as 'banded'.

You may enjoy the optimistic nature of the Gregorian calendar's poem for those who are born in the month of June:

Who comes with summer to this earth,
And owes to June her hour of birth,
With ring of agate on her hand
Can health, wealth, and long life command

Who wouldn't be tempted to just pretend their birthstone was agate, with a 'fortune' like that?  If you enjoyed this post on agate, you might also be interested in The Bead Collection's post from some time ago called 'A is for Agate Beads'.  Find that here on this web site, and also don't forget to check out our sister Etsy store at    We have a wonderful strand of Picasso Agate beads for some lucky jewelry designer's next creative necklace/earring project. 


0 # Pamela Weaver 2012-12-19 23:42
Thanks for the info! Loved the poem as well.
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0 # Sheila McLaughlin 2012-12-21 23:41
Thank you, Pamela!
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