Happy 2008 from MrBead! Bead Sizes, Garnet, Old
Newsletters & a Bead Crossword
This month is bead sizes, January's birthstone garnet + our old
newsletters and a fun bead crossword. Scroll down, or click one of the
links below on the html version to go to a certain section. If you have
any suggestions for the future, please e-mail me at
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Garnet - January's gemstone
Old MrBead Newsletters
Bead Crossword Puzzle
Free 2008 Calendar
Special Offer - 15% Off!
I often get letters telling me the 8mm beads we mailed are not 8mm. Some
people say our 4mm beads look bigger on the picture! Others insist we've
sent them the wrong size strand of pearls because most are smaller than
say. Size of beads can either be exact or approximate depending on the
type of bead. Simple round bead sizes should be exact: 4mm, 6mm, 8mm,
etc. But chip beads, being naturally all different sizes, will not be
exactly the size quoted in the sale - some will be longer, but most will
shorter. Bead sellers usually quote the largest size in the strand, this
is especially true with natural pearls. Under 25% of the pearls in a
strand may be the full size quoted. Nuggets, again being natural, will
be different to an average size listed in the sale. Strands of beads are
usually 16-inches (400mm) long. Although pearls are normally sold in
15-inch strands and chips in 32-inch strands. A Choker necklace is
16-inches long, a Princess necklace 18-inches, a Matinee necklace
24-inches, Opera necklace 32-inches, and a Mala necklace of 108-beads can
be of any length! A bracelet is usually 7-inches and an anklet 9-inches.
How to measure your finger
1. Wrap a piece of string or paper strip around the base of your finger.
2. Mark the string or paper where it overlaps to form a complete
3. Measure the length of the section of string or paper where it overlaps
around the finger.
4. Compare your measurement with this chart to determine your ring
5. Please note: You need to take the knuckle into consideration when
sizing. The base of your finger may be smaller then your knuckle. Also
wider bands should be sized ½ -1 size larger.
To get your girlfriends ring size, ask to clean her rings the next
time your in the mall together. Most jewelry stores will do it for free.
Then you can secretly ask the sales person to check the size for you. Or
you can slip her ring on your finger and mark the spot it fits. Then
measure that spot with the directions above.
To measure a rings for its size, you need to purchase a ring measure
like the below. Just slip the ring over the measure and the size is the
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
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 makes good jewelry because it is very hard, and so resistant to
wear. Garnet has been found in jewelry from ancient Greece, Rome, and
dating back to 3100 BC in Egypt. Chinese and Japanese warriors made
bullets out of garnet because they believed that these would inflict more
damage. Even Noah used a lantern from garnet to steer his Ark through
night. Travelers wore garnets for protection from evil, poison and
People thought garnet brightened the night because of its high
of light. It was also believed to help depression and prevent nightmares.
red garnet in particular is said to break a fever, stop bleeding and to
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. Garnet is said to symbolize happiness as well as deep and
enduring love and friendships. Green garnets are the rarest and therefore
highly prized. Emerald green and colorless garnet is next rarest,
by pure red. Garnet comes today mainly from Africa, but also from India,
Russia, central and south America. Skilled gem cutters all over the world
shape them in classical forms and modern fancy designer's cuts.
33 months of MrBead
NewslettersDecember is the 33rd MrBead newsletter, and I
thank you all for such enthusiastic comments and appreciation. Just click
below to see the past newsletters:
About Pearls - from MrBead..... Mailed: Apr 24 2005
Jade Jewelry & How to
Make it ...... Mailed: May 22 2005
All about Turquoise -
from MrBead ...... Mailed: Jun 26 2005
Summer Beads -
& Peridot ...... Mailed: Jul 24 2005
Buying Beads ......
Mailed: Aug 28 2005
Opal, Tourmaline, &
Beads ...... Mailed: Sep 25 2005
How to Sell Beads Online,
Citrine, Yellow Topaz, & Lampwork ...... Mailed: Oct 23 2005
Happy Christmas from
MrBead! ...... Mailed: Nov 27 2005
Happy 2006! ......
Mailed: Jan 1 2006
Amethyst - February's
Stone + Much More! ...... Mailed: Jan 29 2006
Aquamarine & How to Make
$1,000s Selling Beads! ...... Mailed: Feb 26 2006
Diamonds, E-Jewelry Parties
& Mother's Day ...... Mailed: Mar 26 2006
Emerald, Bead Shapes &
Jade ...... Mailed: April 30 2006
Pearls, Moonstone & Wedding
Beads! ...... Mailed: May 28 2006
Ruby, Carnelian, Findings,
& Chips ...... Mailed: June 25 2006
Summer Peridot, Onyx,
Flaked Stone, Donut Beads & More! Mailed: July 30 2006
Sapphire, Quartz, Coral,
& Measuring Beads
...... Mailed: August 27 2006
Opal and How to Buy
Beads Retail, Wholesale & Online Mailed: September 24 2006
A Spooky Halloween with
Orange and Black Beads!
...... Mailed: October 15 2006
Cheeky Chips, Presentation, Citrine & Yellow Topaz
...... Mailed: October 29 2006
Christmas Beads &
Great Present Ideas
...... Mailed: November 12 2006
Turquoise Beads, Selling Online, & Gem Properties
Mailed: November 26 2006
Happy 2007 from
Garnet & a Bead Crossword
Mailed: January 1 2007
Boards & Bead Storage
Mailed: January 28 2007
New Beads & Chinese
Year of the Pig!
Mailed: February 11 2007
Aquamarine - March's
Stone + How are Beads Made, Mala Beads & More!
Mailed: February 28 2007
Millefori: Spring Beads,
Lava Beads, & Diamonds Mailed: April 1st 2007
Emerald, Moonstone, &
Findings Mailed: April 29th 2007
Spring Pearls &
Chalcedony ...... Mailed: May 27th 2007
Jewelry Parties, Frame
Beads, Ruby & Carnelian
Mailed: July 1st 2007
Summer Peridot, Natural
Color, & What's New? Mailed: July 29th 2007
How to take Photos that
Sell, Sapphire, & Man-made Gems
Mailed: August 26th 2007
Glass, Coral, & Opal
Mailed: September 30th 2007
Buying Bead Tips,
Citrine & Yellow Topaz
Mailed: October 28th 2007
Merry Christmas, Xmas
& Turquoise Beads
Mailed: November 25th 2007
Any suggestions for future newsletters would be
appreciated, just email
Bead Crossword Puzzle
Readers are welcome to print this puzzle and its solution.
1. Grooved rim holding a stone in its setting.
4. Product of an irritated oyster.
9. Suspended item on jewelry.
10. Purple semi-precious stone.
12. Disc shaped spacer bead.
14. Flat backed oval stone.
16. Stringing material: _____tail.
18. Dark green semi-precious stone
used in Chinese carving.
20. A series of links.
21. Sacred item worn for protection.
23. Porcupine needle.
24. Moon or soap_____.
25. _____ Lazuli.
27. Bundle of bead strands.
28. A dozen dozen.
31. Bead larger than a seed, smaller than a crow.
34. Small rounded beads used in Native American beadwork.
36. Device used to weave beads on.
37. Highly decorative bead made of wire cells and colored enamel.
41. Delicate metal openwork.
43. One length of memory wire.
44. Blue-green stone popular in the Southwest.
45. A finding made of wire with a loop at one end, used to make
46. Lampworker's substance.
47. Older than vintage.
48. Thread is needed to use one.
49. Decorative pin for a woman's garment.
50. Low luster surface.
2. Papa, moma, or baby fetish. (two words).
3. It can be precious or base.
4. Stitch used to make amulet bags.
5. Brown and gold striped semi-precious stone.
6. Deep red semi-precious stone.
7. Earwire shaped like a vital organ.
8. Small tile shaped bead made in Japan.
11. Light passes through it.
13. Precious gem in green.
15. Faceted substance from Austria.
17. Thin, tube shaped glass bead.
19. Little metallic cup used to embellish gowns.
20. Neclace fastener.
22. Wedding band.
24. Tendon fibre used to make dreamcatchers.
26. Abalone _____.
29. Snowflake ________.
30. 92.5% Silver.
32. Bead larger than Pony.
33. Metallic lined clear bead.
35. Famous manufacturer of Austrian Crystal.
38. Can't see through it.
39. Small carved stone or shell animal figure.
40. Technique used to bond gold to base metal:_______-plating.
42. Small circlet of drilled shell.
For the bead crossword puzzle and its solution go to the the HTML version
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