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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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Vintage Egyptian Revival

One nice sample of Vintage Egyptian Jewelry from Etsy.com

Egyptian burial sites and tombs have contained enormous caches of beads.  "Mummy beads" as they are called consist of glass, gemstone, and brass.  The earliest beads, made of meteoric iron, were found in Egypt as early as 2500 B.C.  Egyptians also made small ceramic beads of clay, resulting in exquisite earth tones of light green, blue, and soft red.  Pharaohs were often buried with a type of beaded netting, covering the face and body. 

There was a delightful 'revival' of the Egyptian style in jewelry in the 1960's.  This is the best discussion I found on the internet of this phenomenon, with some great examples/photos:

http://www.corvusnoir.com/blog/2012/03/vintage-egyptian-revival-jewelry.html

 

 

Diamonds are intense, radiant, said by mystics to awaken higher visionary states.  Diamonds are the hardest of all substances.  Though they're often colorless, they can also be yellow, brown, blue, pink, green, orange or red.  They have been made naturally over eons in the earth, from crystallized carbon.  Although they are found worldwide, most come from Australia, Russia, South Africa, and Brazil.  The diamond is April's birthstone, and for centuries they have been said to provide spiritual protection, as well as qualities such as faithfulness, purity, and enhancement of love.

Lagnole Adornments on Etsy.com won my vote for sweetest presentation of a vintage diamond:

http://tinyurl.com/b62ces4

 

 

 

C is for Citrine -- a member of the Quartz family.  It has a delicate,yellow color, derived from iron; the name itself is derived from the French word citron, for lemon.  Citrine has been found all around the world -- Brazil, Spain, France, Madagascar, Scotland, and the US.   It is often mistaken for the more valuable gemstone topaz.  Natural citrines are rare.  Commercial "citrines" are often heat-treated amethysts ("burnt amethysts") or smoky quartzes.  This semi-precious gemstone is said to be associated with mental clarity, personal will, and especially, creativity.  It is also November's birthstone.  I found this lovely sample on an Etsy site for bridesmade gifts:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/85419684/citrine-lariat-necklace-birthstone?ref=sr_gallery_16&ga_search_query=citrine&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all

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