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Fun Jackie Jewels for the Holidays

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Did you know agate can impart courage? Amethyst can help with insomnia? Hematite is calming? Onyx can help change bad habits?

So let'??s see'?¦upcoming Christmas list'?¦an agate charm for our daughter, an amethyst ring for me, a hematite collar for our spaz puppy and an onyx anvil dropped on the head of our neighbor who always has loud parties too late. OK...it's possible Santa might put me on the naughty list for that last one.

If beads and baubles can help you get through the day on a level other than just looking pretty, I say why not? Add to that notion, the skull bracelets from Jackie Jewels as an on-trend reminder that holiday stress just might kill you if you don'??t chill out.

I have absolutely fallen in love with this beaded arm candy. Created by California designer Jackie Shapiro, these bracelets are hand-knotted on silk/poly blend strings with colorful dyed howlite skulls (tres Tim Burton'??s Nightmare Before Christmas) and one larger center pave crystal-laden skull. They have an adjustable Shamballa closure and are true conversation starters.

The craftsmanship is amazing and each boasts two dangling hematite beads (the calming part) for just a hint of sound with every movement. Whether you choose neutrals like black or beige tones or splashes of red, green or deep blue, they'??re frightfully gorgeous when layered.

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Because Jackie feels there's a healing energy and vibration to natural items, the rest of her gorgeous, instantly covetable collection ofstackable gemstone bracelets incorporates jewels, woods, corals and pearls from the Earth and sea mixed with manmade substances like cloisonné, glass and acrylic.

And yes, those good vibrations can even apply to your pup. Jackie Jewels has the most adorable collection of Bali-inspired pendants for your pampered pooch. And since every dog has his or her birthday, you can also find custom-made sparkling birthstone pendants for your furry friend who celebrates the entire year.

I know what I'm buying myself instead of that amethyst ring...and let's just say, I won't lose sleep over my decision.

The skull bracelets are available at jackiejewels.com for $40 each, or a stack of four for $140; the "doglery" pendants are available for $12 each.

Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines.'?¨

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We did receive samples for review purposes.

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