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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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sardonyx ringCheck out this strange poem from the Gregorian calendar for its rendition of the August birthstone - Sardonyx:

Wear a sardonyx or for thee,
No conjugal felicity;
The August-born without this stone,
`Tis said, must live unloved and lone

Hmm, one would think those with a birthday in August (me included) would rush out to get a Sardonyx ring (see an example pictured here - from Miriam Arcadia Dove's Shop on, since Sardonyx is thought to bring lasting happiness and stability to marriage and partnerships. Another belief is that it brings strength and protection, so some people place it at each corner of their house and at doors and windows, to prevent crime and misfortune.

peridot and aquamarine beadsMy personal preference for the August birthstone is Peridot, which I think is more commonly thought of for this designation. I talked about Peridot in my previous blog post called 'P is for Peridot Beads', so check that out if you get a chance. I've included an image from the site for a lovely necklace by MonBedo; the green beads are the Peridots (the other beads in the necklace are Aquamarine and Sapphire). Peridot is just one more reason for enthusiasm about the beading life -- it's such a wonderful stone, and one that is thought to help one feel happy, worthy, and to inspire generosity. A good set of feelings and qualities for the holidays!

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