Prepare For the Boom, Design Inspiration & July’s Gemstone

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Prepare For The Boom!
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Inspiration To Design Jewellery
How To Design Jewellery
Ruby – July’s Birthstone
Onyx – July’s Alternate Stone
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The virus has almost gone. People have had enough of 3-months lockdown. Everyone wants to get out. To the beach, to the mountains, to the shops – anywhere!

Don’t you feel it? Are you itching? Itching to spend.

At least half of all workers are furloughed, and they feel better off. The average household has been able to save around £700 a month because of no travelling, holidays, shopping, and eating out.

Consumers’ will be keen to buy jewellery. They’re longing to reward themselves for the covid sacrifice. And once they’re free to go out with others, they’ll be keen to show off new jewellery and clothes.

Don’t believe the media. Remember Brexit. Doom sells papers and advertising. If you were in prison or stuck on a desert island for 3-months: what would you do on release?

So now is the time to stock up on new designs ready for the crowds, once social distancing is done and craft fairs open. While you still have time.


Our Cornish show in July has been posponed. However, good news on Newcastle Gem n Bead Fair – this has been confirmed on! So will be our first show since lockdown – on the weekend of 18th-19th July.

For your protection all our shows will be compiling with the Government guidelines for safety:

Don’t let propaganda or these measures put you off visiting! Most of the halls are roomy, especially racecourses, and these fairs are usually quiet quiet. Additionally, the venues are at out-of-the-way locations where few people live.


Where to find Inspiration
You want to design a new jewellery piece, but how do you get the creativity flowing to come up with a wave of ideas? Creativity stems from within.

Your brain stores everything you have seen and experienced – ideas spring from these memories. You already have millions of designs imbedded in your mind. The problem is getting them out! Never underestimate your own creativity.

Think new to create new
Rearrange your mind in every way you can – if you always think along the same lines, you’ll end up with the same ideas. Live life more

If you get stuck – paint with a different brush!

Think new to create new
Rearrange your mind in every way you can – if you always think along the same lines, you’ll end up with the same ideas. Build your creativity by collecting ideas all the time. Look at many different designs, online and offline. Talk with customers and other designers.

The smallest thing can spark a new idea. Inspiration comes from many sources apart from jewellery – especially the latest fashions in various forms. Try different experiences and travel more. The more diverse or the further travelled the better.

Analyze why some pieces of jewellery draw your attention, while others look dull. Is it because one element is emphasized over another? Is it a play of colour or shape? Does the design resemble something fashionable?

From a basic frame, experiment arranging beads in different ways, using shape, colour and stone to produce striking design. As long as the overall effect has harmony, it will look attractive.

Sometimes you’re bursting with ideas and making jewellery faster than t-shirts leave shop windows at the start of cold weather – but other times you get designers block and can’t think further than your last necklace. What you need is lots of inspiration and a little motivation.

Motivation may be a craft fair, jewellery on famous people, or even a big bill you need to raise funds to pay. Artistic inspiration may not be so obvious. You need to get your head outside the box. Walk with a notebook recording your observations. Take a digital camera. What are people wearing?

Try these ideas:

These are just a few of the many ideas you can conjure with a brain storming session. The point is to investigate as much diversity as you can imagine, record it as detailed as you can, and then analyze everything when you get back home. Then when you go to sell your new jewellery, use the source of inspiration to help sell your design!


Most of you are expert jewellery designers, but going back to basics can inspire your imagination. You’ll get a lot of pleasure out of using fashion sense and creativity to make beaded jewellery – but if it’s new to you, how to start, and then how do you improve your skill?

How to Start
Some beginners find a bead loom is the easiest way to begin. Sketch your design on graph paper and select the beads you want to use for the project. Match the colour of beads to the colour you draw on paper. If you don’t want to buy a lot of beads and tools that will be left over, purchase a bead making kit for just one project.

Many start using patterns online or from magazines. Then after gaining experience making a few items, they experiment with ideas of their own.

Leaf through fashion magazines and learn current trends. Make notes when you see anything appealing, like a model wearing earrings that go well with her sweater. Then work with your pieces to create a variation on the look.

Choice the colour of your necklace first, and then match earrings or other jewellery around this. Blend colours that are similar, contrasting colour seldom works. Aim for harmony and it will please the eye. However, learn how to use a colour wheel to create effects with stunning combinations too.

Size of Beads
To help decide on the size of beads to use, liken designing to a flower arrangement – start with the larger flowers first, then fill in with smaller ones. Bearing in mind the design must be functional and practical to wear.

Balancing jewellery is more an art than a science – however, certain guidelines generally apply:

Use findings like spacers, bead caps, and jump rings creatively. These can add style and professionalism to your design. If your jewellery is to a theme, match the spacer beads and findings.

Start with a Frame
The basic elements of design outlined above are your building blocks. Use them as your starting point from which to alter the design into something from your heart. They’ll ensure your produce powerful jewellery.

How do I know I have a Good Design?
The successful jewellery design fits into the overall market – yet is distinctive enough to influence browsers to purchase

A well designed piece moves with the body, feels good to wear, and looks pleasing and harmonious to the eye. A necklace should drape nicely and it must feel right. The design should be creative, yet within the boundaries of wear-ability, and it must appeal to the customer or it won’t sell.

Ruby – July’s Birthstone

Like a perfect red rose, the Ruby’s rich colour speaks of love and passion. July’s birthstone is among the most highly prized of gems throughout history.

Ruby was considered to have magical powers, and worn by royalty as a talisman against evil. It was thought to grow darker when danger was imminent, and to return to its original colour once safe. Ruby is the hardest mineral after diamond.

The word Ruby comes from the Latin “ruber,” meaning red. It comes in hues from an orangey red to a purplish red, but the best are a true red – and is called a sapphire in any colour other than red.

Rubies were thought to represent heat and power. Ancient tribes used the gem as bullets for blowguns, and it was said that a ruby would boil water instantly.

It has been said that the ruby’s red glow comes from an eternal flame, making a gift of this stone symbolic of everlasting love. Powdered ruby was used as a cure for indigestion, and if worn on the left hand, ancient lore has it that the ruby will bring good fortune.

Ruby is expensive, so it’s not so popular with our customers – however we do stock some beautiful 3mm faceted ruby beads, see here.

Onyx – July’s Alternate Stone

The Romans, Italians and Hebrew all have a different gemstone for July – Onyx.

Onyx is a term used for several stones. It has been dyed since ancient time, with the popular pure black variety, being dyed microcrystalline quartz. Its natural colour is brown, white or grey.

Onyx used in architecture isn’t a form of quartz at all, but a type of limestone marble. Onyx is very similar to agate. With straight bands of brown, white or black, where agate has curved bands of many colours.

Although regarded as protective, onyx has a reputation as a stone of discord. Onyx was worn to cool the ardors of love, probably because it helps to balance the mind and emotions. Not only avoided by lovers, but also at night, as it provoked nightmares.

concentration and devotion, hence many onyx rosaries.

Onyx is a strength-giving stone, aiding confidence and useful for athletes or people under stress. Its energy is a mental tonic and can help you cope with fears and worries, making you feel in harmony with your surroundings.

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There is little point making a list just yet, but officially indoor shows should be allowed from 4th July.

Despite this, our Cornish Bead Fair at Probus has been posponed as the hall will not be open yet. MiMi and I will just have to take Rosey along the rivers to Reedham instead!

However, Newcastle Gem n Bead has been confirmed, so is on as planned the weekend of 18th-19th July.

Details of all shows this year, click: 2020 Bead Fairs.


I hope you like the new shop: We started work on it in January, and it’s take hundreds of hours – thanks to the lockdown it’s ready months early!

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