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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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heart locketValentine's Day was first associated with romantic love in the Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love was in full swing.  The day evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confections, and sending greeting cards known as valentines.  Cards are nice, but we also recommend you celebrate the day by making/buying, and giving Valentine's Day jewelry, as shown in this inspired piece by  Kriya Designs (from

The Bead Collection has a number of special focal beads and pendants for your own creations -- check them out at -- February 14 will be here before you know it!   We'd like to hear from you about your favorite Valentine's Day stories, especially on the theme of giving or receiving jewelry such as this.  Please share!


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