Choose Beads by Shape, Glass Pearls, and Sapphire & Chalcedony for September

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See us and make yourself known to collect your free gift and a MrBead Bag on Sunday 1st September at Beads Up North! Carlisle Racecourse, Durbar Road, Carisle, Cumbria CA2 4TS - details here.

Our next two UK beads fairs will then be on Sunday 15th September at London in the Antiques & Collector's fair, Alexandra Palace, N22 7AY - and (same day) Nottingham in Nottingham Forest Football Club, NG2 5FJ - all details here. Our best beads & pearls will be in London - the Nottingham show is just for discount beads.

Glass Pearls are Exceptional Value for Money!
Choosing Bead By Shape
Sapphire: September's Gemstone
Sapphire's Expensive - Use Chalcedony instead for September!
MrBead's UK Autumn Bead Fairs
Who is MrBead?
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Glass pearls are exceptional value for money!

What are glass pearls
These are man-made and coated to give a fantastic glossy eye-catching sheen. Like genuine pearls they have a substantial feel and weight, and are cool to the touch.

Advantage of glass beads
They cost less than real pearls or gemstones and look almost the same. Except they lack the grooving found in cheaper natural pearls. They are more varied, in different shapes and bright colours like yellow, red, green and blue - as well as sparkling shades like aqua, magenta and rose.

Mix glass with other beads
When making jewellery, blend glass with gemstones depending on the design. A formal necklace may use a few crystal beads threaded with glass beads to give an impression of style and expense. However, a more casual look might incorporate shells instead.

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Choosing Beads by Shape

Not all beads are round. Hard stones can be carved into almost any shape, although many are cut to similar facets as natural crystal gems like diamonds. These faceted beads need not be round either - they can be made oval, square, rhombus, and a whole range of other forms. Beads of differing shape add interest to the design of a necklace or bracelet.

Getting to know the various shapes at this early stage will really help you as a beader. As you can see below, there are far more shapes than you may initially have thought. Getting the perfect beads will really improve your jewellery making skills.

Beads are a really versatile material that can be used for so much. You can make everything from bracelets to beaded bags. It is really satisfying to create your own piece of jewellery and if you give it as a gift to friends and family it is something they can treasure forever. If you are a professional beader you are able to create things to sell in markets, shops or online. We hope seeing the collection of beads below, you will feel inspired and start getting creative.

Many shapes are obvious like “heart” or “leaf” - but others, like “briolette” or “rombus” are not so well know. As a beader, you should familiarize yourself to the standard shapes available, so you know what you will be getting without looking at a picture. Don’t forget beads are three-dimensional: so round or oval can also be flat or puff. Pillow can be rectangle or square, and nugget can be almost any shape not uniform (sometimes called freeform).

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Sapphire: September's Gemstone

Sapphire is the birthstone for September, and is chemically and structurally the same as ruby, an aluminum oxide. However, where rubies are only red, sapphires come in every color but red: blue, golden yellow, reddish-orange, or violet. The most valuable sapphires have a vivid royal blue color. Some sapphires do change their colors between blue and violet depending on the light.

Sapphires are extremely durable, only diamonds are harder. Sapphires are generally cut into cushions, rounded rectangle or oval shapes. However, fancy sapphires may be triangles, squares, marquises, pear shapes, cabochon cut, or smooth domes. Sapphire is the anniversary stone for the 5th and 45th years of marriage.

Dark blue and lilac sapphire is said to enhance ones creativity while guarding against distraction. It is also good for sexual relationships because it tends create deep bonding between people and brings loyalty.

Light blue sapphire is the inspiration stone. It helps to bring new thoughts and makes one feel excited and full.

Green sapphire brings a lucky sense to ones life for it allows things to run smoothly.

Orange works on a totally different level by not allowing you to deceive yourself. It makes you look at things in their basic form without distorting it to conform to what you want it to be. Brings true knowledge - a good stone for students, teachers, writers and researchers.

Pink sapphire allows one to surrender to another for the good of the all.

White sapphire helps you take care of yourself and to tend to your personal needs. Yellow sapphire connects you to the total you with all of your inner knowledge. It also helps you to see what you do not know so you can look for an answer, rather than believing you already know the answer.

Sapphire's Expensive - Use Chalcedony instead for September!

Blue chalcedony can look similar to sapphire at a fraction of the cost. Although a very fine-grained variety of quartz. It has a waxy luster with a compact fibrous structure. Natural chalcedony is usually grayish blue and sometimes with hints of pink, however it can be color enhanced to light blue. It is said that chalcedony was used as a sacred stone by the Native Americas, promoting stability within the ceremonial activities of the tribe. Chalcedony is thought to augment emotional balance, vitality, stamina, endurance, kindness, charity and friendliness. It also supposedly alleviates hostilities, irritability and melancholy.

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MrBead's UK Autumn Bead Fairs - Visit us and Ask for your Free Gift!

Sunday 1st September 2013 - Beads Up North! Carlisle Racecourse, Durbar Road, Carisle, Cumbria CA2 4TS. 10am to 4.30pm.

Sunday 15th September 2013 - Big Bead Summer Sale - Nottingham Forest Football Club, The City Ground, NG2 5FJ. ALL beads at this fair will be sold at a discount! 10am to 4pm.

Sunday 15th September 2013 - Antiques & Collector's fair - Alexandra Palace - Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London N22 7AY. See the best of our beads & Chinese antiques & collectables. 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Sunday 22nd September 2013 - Staffordshire Bead Fair - Best Western Moat Hotel, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5BQ. 10am-4pm

Sunday 6th October 2013 - Beadwork and Bead Fair - Sports Hall, Uxbridge College, Park Road, Middlesex, UB8 1NQ. Europe's leading Bead Event will be in its 21st year. Excellent lighting, huge car park and ease of access from the M25/A40. Food and drink available all day!

Saturday 12th October 2013 - Stockwood Hotel, Luton MrBead Show - 41-43 Stockwood Crescent, Luton, LU1 3SS. Just off M1 junction 10 - half-an-hour from London. From 11am to 4.00pm.

Sunday 13th October - Norwich MrBead Bead Show - George Hotel, Arlington Lane, Newmarket Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 2DA. 11am-4pm. This hotel is only 10-minutes from Norwich City Centre.

Saturday 19th October 2013 - Big Bead Show - Sandown Park, West London. From London, take the A3 and follow the brown venue signs to Sandown Park. From the M25 exit at Junction 10 and follow the A3 towards London; exit onto the A307 and follow the brown venue signs. The Portsmouth Road car park is off the A307 Esher High Street directly in front of the main entrance.

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