Agate Beads & Down Time

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See us this weekend at Harrogate Gem n Bead Fair. Many new beads just arrived the UK this week!

The Edinburgh Gem n Bead Show is cancelled, so if you’re a Scottish beader, don’t miss us in either Berwick or Perth the follow week. On Saturday 18th August at Berwick-Upon-Tweed Bead Show – or Sunday 19th in Perth at The Scottish Bead Fair with The Southampton Bead Shop. Both free entry, free gifts & free refreshments!

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

Online orders will be delayed from 10th August for a week as we stay up-north until our Scottish Bead Fair at Perth.

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Agate is one of the most common bead beaders use because it is readily available in an abundance of styles and shapes.

A variety of microcrystalline quartz that forms in layers and many colours and texture, by filling a cavity in a host rock.

Although it is usually in round nodules with bands looking like eyes in the rings of a tree trunk. Different colours are caused by iron oxide or limonite crystals carried by water seeping into the cavity. Some people swear that wearing agate heightens spiritual consciousness and balances the body’s physical and mental state.

Benefits Of Agate
Agate was valued as a powerful talisman in ancient times, when it was used on the breastplates of armor to give strength and courage.

Agate is also thought to protect from stress and bad dreams, and help stomach upsets. Agate can’t change emotions, but improves our level of acceptance. Wear agate when you have to make an important decision. It is also considered to be an excellent stone to heal and improve relationships, and is especially protective for children.

Fire Agate
Fire agate has a translucent deep reddish-brown base, with flashes of orange, red and green that appears as living flames within the gemstone – prompting alchemists to believe it contained the essence of fire.

Its mysterious ‘cracked crystal’ appearance provides a vibrant energy that awakens the lower chakras and stimulates a zest for living. The inner heat enhances sensations and stimulates creativity, sexuality and will. Fire agate is a stone of integrity for the ambitious that increases stamina and circulation, as well as stirring the emotions of others to aid attraction between mates. It is said to liven up the feeling of humdrum routine.

Sardonyx Agate
Sardonyx agate is a combination of the mineral sard in between white strips of onyx, creating a banded, zebra-like appearance. Usually the gemstone is brownish, but it can also form in pink, red, light green and blue.

Dzi Beads
Dzi agate beads look very mysterious, originating in ancient India and brought to Tibet over 3,000-years ago.

These shiny beads, patterned with round brown dots surrounded by white circles called ‘eyes’, are among the most respected amulets in the world. Dzi in Tibetan means ‘shine and perfection’. They are considered to provide spiritual benefits and attract protecting spirits.

Tibetans thought dzis were created by the gods, and their smoothness implies that they were formed at a high altitude – but they are man-made by firing the stone at high temperature and pressure and etching the eyes into the natural agate. Fear of the ‘evil eye’ was thought to protect the dzi bead’s owner.

After weathering the colours erode and look faded. Hold a dzi bead on its ends with your fingers and you may feel the flow energy.

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Ever beader needs down time. Too much work reduces production, leaving anyone feeling exhausted. A dull beader lacks creativity.

MrBead is a workaholic, but does take the odd time off. He used to travel just for fun, but most trips now are business. What with over 22,000-miles driving annually and two buying trips to China, you’d think a stay at home or a beach holiday would be the ticket – but far from, he can’t stand still!

The next short break is 4-days in Scotland between Harrogate Gem n Bead Fair and our Berwick and Perth Bead Fairs.

So far this year we’ve taken Rosey out for the annual Thorne Regatta. Always good fun by the wind pumps and riverbank BBQ. Then a couple of days in Paris, and Bangkok and Ko Samet, before buying in July. Plus, I guess, a couple of the days in Hong Kong was holiday too. We also had a few days in Devon and Padstow in June, and will be back in Cornwall for a short break around our bead fair at Wadebridge early September.

After which, because the Edinburgh Gem n Bead Fair is cancelled – we decided to keep the Premier Inn booked to stay, after 4-days in Venice from Edinburgh Airport.

That’s about it, except for a short trip on the boat, before we take a week in Portugal the end of November.

Yes, we’re exhausted!

Summer Bead Fairs

  • Sat & Sun 11th-12th August - Harrogate Gem n Bead Fair, Pavillions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground HG2 8NZ - Full details here.
  • Saturday 18th August - Berwick-Upon-Tweed Bead Show, Ancroft Village Hall, Northumberland TD15 2TL. Free entry, free gifts & free refreshments! Full details here.
  • Sunday 19th August - Scottish MrBead Bead Fair, The Queens Hotel, Leonard Street, Perth PL27 7BX. Free entry, free gifts & free refreshments! Full details here.
  • Sunday 2nd September - Cornish Bead Show, The John Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge PL27 7BX. Free entry, free gifts & free refreshments! Full details here.
  • Saturday 22nd September - Highgate Bead Show, Holly Lodge Community Centre, 30 Makepeace Ave, London N6 7HL. Just 15-mins walk from Archway Tube Station. Free entry, free gifts & free refreshments! Full details here.
  • Sunday 23rd September - Essex MrBead Bead Show, Great Bromley Village Hall, Great Bromley CO7 7JA. Free entry, free gifts & free refreshments! Full 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!

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