Beads By Shape & Onyx For July

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See us tomorrow Sunday 1st July at Norwich Bead Show at The George Hotel, Arlington Lane, Newmarket Road, Norwich NR2 2DA. Free entry, free gifts & free refreshments! We have many new beads on show from a 30-box 600 kg shipment just arrived in the UK.

Say your a MrBead Newsletter reader for a free gift! We’re at over 30 shows this year, all with a bigger display: All our 2018 Bead Fairs.

Online orders between 7th to 21st July will be delayed – as in a week’s time, we’re off to China to get more of the latest new beads for you. Once a year for new isn’t enough. We notice new sells!

No more bead fairs until Kempton Park Gem ‘n’ Bead Fair 28th-29th July. Where we’ll bring some of the beads we brought that week in China – as we arrive back in the UK a few days before!

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Ruby – July’s Gemstone
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Choose 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’s 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’re 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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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 was 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.

The word Ruby comes from the Latin “ruber,” meaning red. Ruby is the hardest mineral after diamond, a variety of the mineral Corundum, and is found as crystals within metamorphic rock. It comes in a variety of colours, and is called a sapphire in any colour except red.

Rubies range in hue from an orangey red to a purplish red, but the most prized gems are a true red. Large rubies are very rare and valuable. The most beautiful crystals are thought to be from Burma, but they are also found in many other countries.

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.

Ground to powder, this crystal was used as a cure for indigestion – and it has been said that the ruby’s red glow comes from an internal flame that cannot be extinguished, making a gift of this stone symbolic of everlasting love. And if worn on the left hand, ancient lore has it that the ruby will bring good fortune to its wearer.

Onyx – 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 usually 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.

However, it does improve 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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Summer Bead Fairs

Sun 1st July – Norwich Bead Show, Best Western George Hotel, Arlington Lane, Newmarket Road, Norwich NR2 2DA – Details here.
Sat & Sun 28th-29th July – Kempton Park Gem n Bead Fair, Kempton Park Racecourse, London TW16 5AQ.
Sat & Sun 11th-12th Aug – Harrogate Gem n Bead Fair, Pavillions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, HG2 8NZ
Saturday 18th August – Berwick-Upon-Tweed MrBead Bead Show, Ancroft Village Hall, Ancroft, Northumberland TD15 2TL – Details here.
Sunday 19th August – Scottish MrBead Show, Queens Hotel, Leonard Street, Perth PH2 8HB – Details here.

Rest of bead fairs and full 2018 Bead Fair List

Sorry, the Edinburgh Gem ‘n’ Bead Fair on 15th-16th Sept has been cancelled – so if ya a Scottish beader, don’t miss us either in Berwick 18th Aug or Perth on 19th Aug!

Exhibit at a MrBead Show

We have limited space available for crafters at some of our own bead shows: At Berwick Upon Tweed on 18th August. Details at
In Cornwall on 17th June & 2nd September at June Cornish Bead Fair or September Cornish Bead Fair.
Or our Essex Bead Show on Sunday 24th September at

We market for beaders making jewellery, rather than selling ready-made jewellery – so to attract your customers, you may need to market yourself. However, we’re just looking for a small contribution towards costs. If interested, email Nigel at


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