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glass redThis is a set of red glass beads and pendant for your matching earring/necklace designs. The earring beads (approx. 1 mm. long) consist of clear red glass set in gold oval frames. My understanding is that these are vintage, from the 1950's. The pendant (approx. 1" long and 1 mm. wide) is of blown glass with gold and other elements, with a generous horizontal hole (through the red section), ready for stringing. This is not vintage, but it is beautifully handcrafted, and it goes so nicely with these beads that we are offering it as a set for your jewelry designs.

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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 Etsy.com), 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 Etsy.com 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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