Jewellery Trends, Resolutions, Garnet Beads & 2013 Predictions & Bead Planner

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This month is jewellery trends for 2013, January's birthstone garnet + bead resolutions and a 2013 bead planner. Scroll down, or click one of the links below on the html version to go to a certain section.

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Jewellery Trends for 2013
New Year Bead Resolutions
Garnet - January's gemstone
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Free 2013 Printable Planner
Predictions for 2013
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New Jewellery Trends for 2013

Geometric & Heavy Metal Jewellery
Heavy metal is back for 2013 - not the music, but artisan hammered metal jewellery and metal link chains. Chunky and elegant - and in all bright colours, especially silver and gold. This jewellery goes with anything non-traditional, from the casual to the chic and everything in between.
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Bing Jewellery
Bing is not new, but the trend will continue into the New Year. This fashion is inspired from the top hip-hop artists – from shamballa to massive shiny rings like full-finger rings and knuckle busters.
Large, wicked Heavy Shiny Rings at

Floral Jewellery
Although flowers have been missing on 2012 jewellery, the ever-popular trend is due for a rebound. All blooms from a simple bud or petal to a sparkling floral design on necklaces, earrings and rings will be in style.
Flower Beads at or

Hair Jewellery
Hair Jewellery will be trending in 2013. This style started by bridal fashion will hit the main stream in a big way this year. Tiaras and barrettes will be de-rigueur. We will also see a revival of brooches worn in the hair, hair pins and extravagant pieces with rhinestones and flowers decorating the locks.

Victorian Antique Designs
This has always been popular, but is set to come back in a big way in 2013. Top fashion designers are already using this look inspired from the Early Victorian period.

Neon Jewellery
This is another vibrant trend that started in 2012 and will continue to carry on in the New Year. Using bright neon coloured beads of metal and metal-coated plastic. Aurora borealis hematite beads are ideal for this effect. Neon hematite beads at or

New Year Bead Resolutions

New Years is a wonderful time to start something new. People make resolutions to eat better, exercise more, quit bad habits - but how many of us make resolutions about our beading? What better way to imprint the positive habit of creativity, by enjoying time with our beads and making new projects. It can help you find time to do a little something creative almost every day. And what could be a better resolution than that?

Now is the time to decide what you'd like to make to start your New Year's beading projects. This can be a large or small project, a necklace or bracelet, an intricate item, even wall hanging. Or something significant, such as a baby announcement for a new child or grandchild, a wedding announcement in beads, a beaded plaque with a quote that means something important to you or loved ones.

The important thing is not to think I’ll start when “I get around to it” – you must start right away, go for it! You don't have to have every item you'll need to complete the project to begin. And it doesn’t have to take all day - just set aside an hour or so to get the project started. As long as you have something to begin. Often you'll find new beads along the way that will fit perfectly with the project.

Make a list of all supplies you need for the project. Tick off what you already have and order online what’s missing. Check for beading thread, needles, a loom if it necessary, the pattern, any instructions or tutorials you'll need, a bead board etc. Also, make sure that you have a place to do the beading, any work surface covers, plus somewhere to store the project while you’re not working. Keep the work in a secure place so it will not be tipped over accidentally or knocked off a shelf.

Plan some time, at least an hour, to get your new beading project underway. Have all the supplies you'll need in one spot so you can sit down and begin beading. If you need a particular book or print-out, be sure to have it ready to use. Mark the place in the book or have instructions from the internet printed out for reference. If you know you have some of the supplies on hand but that they are "buried", take a few minutes to dig them out and look over.

You don’t want to be put off a new project because the thread is the wrong color or your clippers are too dull. If you are missing something for your project, you can often substitute it for something else. Use your imagination with what you have. Customizing or changing a published beading pattern is a way to add a bit of "you" to the original designer's creative vision and makes your beading even more special.

Gather all the items you have, even if it's just the beading needle, thread and pattern. If you have none of the other supplies, then at least thread the needle and read through the pattern. You could take time to mark rows on the pattern or to gather tools and look through the beads in your stash to work into the project. Go for it! Once you've taken the first step - the rest, including beads, tools and time to bead, will come easy!

Use our monthly 2013 planner to organize your beading schedule just scroll down!

Garnet - January's gemstone

Garnet is January's birthstone, a name given to over ten gemstones with similar chemical structure. Although red occurs most, there are also shades of green, pale to bright yellow and fiery orange garnet. Some rare garnets even change color from daylight to artificial light. “Garnet” derives from the Latin “granum” meaning "grain”. Describing the typically rounded shape of the gemstone and also reminds of pomegranate seeds.

Garnet is a name given to over ten gemstones with similar chemical structure. Although red occurs most, there are also shades of green, pale to bright yellow and fiery-orange garnet. Some rare garnets even change color from daylight to artificial light.

The name “garnet” derives from the Latin “granum” meaning "grain”. Describing the typically rounded shape of the gemstone and similar to pomegranate seeds. Garnet comes mainly from Africa, but also from India, Russia, central and south America.

Garnet makes good jewelry because it’s very hard, and so resistant to wear. Garnet is said to symbolize happiness as well as deep and enduring love and friendship.

Garnet has been found in jewelry from ancient Greece, Rome, and dating back to 3100 BC in Egypt. Oriental warriors made garnet bullets because they believed these would inflict more harm. Others thought garnet brightened the night because of its high refraction of light - explained Noah’s garnet lantern to steer his Ark.

Travelers’ wore garnets to protect against evil, poison and wounds. It was also believed to help depression and prevent nightmares. Red garnet in particular is said to break a fever, stop bleeding and to reduce inflammation.

Modern garnet
Today, garnet is prized for its beauty rather than its magical powers. People like its naturalness, its brilliance, and color of a sun-drenched Indian summer. Deep green garnets are the rarest and therefore expensive. Emerald green and colorless garnet is next rarest, followed by pure red.

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Almost 8-Years of MrBead Newsletters!

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2013 MrBead Year Planner

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This planner will help you organize your beading projects and craft fairs in 2013. Each month is on an A4 page with boxes per day - Print it out and write your schedule and bookings in the date boxes. In green is the gemstone of the month to help you plan ahead. Very useful!

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