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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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flourite earringsA wise person -- a fellow beader -- recently said in a comment on one of my blog posts that beading 'grounds and centers her'.  I wanted to write a little today about how much I agree with that, and speculate on why that is...

I believe in the healing power of nature. If we take a moment to immerse ourselves in an image of nature, or better yet, to view nature itself, we feel rejuvenated, renewed and revived. In the case of beaders who use natural materials such as gemstones, shells, pearls, nut and wood, and more, we are, in a sense, communing directly with nature.  Studies have shown that what we look at not only affects our mood, but also how we relate to others and our attention to detail. So if you're feeling stressed, run down, or just deserve a break, you can touch, hold and view these precious items from our beloved earth, and immerse yourself in them.  Though I am not expert on this aspect of gems and semiprecious gemstones and crystals, I am told these in particular have powerful energy and healing aspects far beyond other substances.  For me, a leaf, a handful of rich soil, and the sight of a clear blue sky may be powerful and healing.  And I know if I am given a choice between holding in my palm something plastic, chemical or synthetic -- and something natural, organic and unprocessed (such as the Imperial Topaz Crystal shown in these earrings on our Etsy site, http://tinyurl.com/atcs2p3), I will choose the natural material.

Please weigh in on this issue, if you should have the time and inclination!

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy my previous post, 'O is for Ocean Jasper Beads'.

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