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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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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

 

 


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