Christmas Beads, Beads Make Many Things & Turquoise

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How To Make a Beaded Handbag
Turquoise - December's Gemstone
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All orders after Monday 14th December will be delayed. However, UK orders from eBay will be mailed right up to Christmas Eve - to see click MrBead eBay. However, we only have about 100 items in this shop, as apposed to around 5,000 in the main store.

Drink more and have a fun Christmas - there is more to life than beading!

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Christmas Beads

Beaded jewellery makes great presents. Small and light, so being easily mailed or tucked in a stocking. It’s also personal and easy to remember who the gift came from. You can even hang jewellery on the Christmas tree.

Boxed necklaces with matching earring sets make great presents and easy to wrap. Offer your customers free gift wrapping and mailing. For personal gifts buy ready-made jewellery online, requesting your supplier to mail direct with no invoice and a happy Christmas note.

December is the peak retail season, when many stores take one-third of their entire year’s sales. So ensure you make lots of quality necklaces and bracelets well in advance. You can always give away as presents if they don’t all sell.

Turquoise is the gemstone for December, but pearls make ideal Christmas presents too – try combining the two or mixing pearls with silver. All give an air of sophisticated quality.

To read about pearls and how to make a pearl necklace click here.

For beaded Christmas present ideas, please go to the online version of this newsletter.

Gemstone Properties e-book - Free!

Healers and new agers believe certain gemstones heal on a metaphysical level, because of the earths energy that has been absorbed by these stones. This book of 26 pages explains what the stones are, along with a colour photograph of each, and the benefits of 48 of the most popular gemstones used to make jewellery today.

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Beads Make Many Things, Not Just Jewellery!

Search online for ideas - let your imagination run wild. Beads can be used to create many unusual items. Beaded handbags are very stylish for a night out. Beads and sequins add bling to change a pretty fabric into an eye-catching fashion accessory.

Use seed beads for purses and smaller bags, or larger beads for a fun holiday holdall. Google design ideas, or use your imagination to sketch more-individual signature pieces with matching purses. Design to match your personality or a set theme, like summer or horse racing.

Beaded wristbands and other jewellery can also be made to match. You can purchase a bead loom with a bag pattern cheaply on eBay, or DIY.

How to Make a Beaded Handbag

  1. Cut a satin cloth to two 9-inche squares - one for the main bag and the other one for the lining.
  2. Fold the cloth and allow a half-inch border for stitching. Use pins to temporarily fasten the sides.
  3. Start by sewing the beads into the cloth to match your design.
  4. Then finished, sew the edges of the cloths together ensuring the stitches are aligned.
  5. Turn the bag inside out.
  6. Attach two small metal rings for the straps by sewing them into the opposing sides of the bag. The strap should have a comfortable length and be decorated with matching beads. Sew on two lobster locks at each end.

Turquoise - December’s gemstone

For selling, turquoise is similar to jade and pearl for the same reasons. Everyone appreciates it, and the gem always looks good however it’s used. Turquoise is the birthstone for December.

What is turquoise?
Turquoise is a soft, opaque gemstone, formed by volcanic rock reacting to copper deposits brought by water. Colour ranges from blue-green, to yellow-green with grey, black or brown veining. Most non-green turquoise these days is dyed. As genuine turquoise is expensive, reconstituted turquoise is common - crafted from real turquoise chips fused with other stones to cut cost.

Turquoise has been found in 5,000-year-old Egyptian tombs and the Tibetans used it as currency centuries ago. North Africa and the Middle East hold large deposits, but most turquoise today originates from Burma and is carved in China. Turquoise didn’t reach Europe until the crusades when the name originated, meaning “Turkish stone”.

Ancient doctors thought turquoise prevented injury and ground it into a powder to cure stomach disorders, internal bleeding, and insect bites. Turquoise has always been used to protect the wearer from danger, attract wealth, and warn as a talisman or good luck charm. Some believe it will fade when danger or illness is near, or a lover is unfaithful. It’s also said to protect against pollution and strengthen the body.

Looking after
Turquoise is porous, so contact with liquids, oils or even perspiration should be avoided. This is why it’s often impregnated with plastic, colourless oil or wax to improve colour and durability. Jewellery should be removed before washing. Untreated turquoise will eventually turn green.

There are many different turquoise in the store, see at: or

Turquoise & Pearl
Turquoise and pearl go so well together - creating natural, expensive-looking, quality jewellery, ideal for presents. Wrap it in a nice box and try to be present when it’s opened - that's if you can't resist keeping the piece for yourself! Turquoise also looks great with red coral, creating jewellery with mystique, giving a Tibetan effect.

To see all our turquoise beads in GB pounds here or for US dollars click here.

Order Easy for Christmas!

Christmas creeps up faster than you expect. Beaded jewellery makes great lasting presents. Get your order in early to allow plenty of time to arrive and make up

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