Christmas Beads, The Bead Queen & Turquoise Beads

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We can deliver your Christmas present to anywhere in the world - just enter the mailing address in our checkout. However, please order early for Christmas - allow at least two-weeks. Although we will be mailing right to the last moment - all orders after 18th December will be delayed.

Christmas in Hong Kong is a mix of East and West, but being an ex-British colony (like the US!), Christian culture predominates. It can be get as cold as 10 degrees C, but is always sun and no rain. Drink more and have a fun Christmas - there is more to life than beading!

Christmas Beads
Great Present Ideas
Gemstone Properties e-book at 1/2 Price!
How to Sell Bead Jewelry – The Bead Queen
Turquoise – the birthstone for December
Turquoise & Pearl
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Free EMS Express Airmail on orders over US$200 or £130
How to Make a Killing Selling Bead Jewelry - what a wonderful present!

Christmas Beads

Beaded jewelry 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 jewelry 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 jewelry 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.

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

Christmas Present Ideas

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Books make a Wonderful Present

Books also make a wonderful valued present, lasting far beyond the festive season. Next year everyone will be looking for extra income - so a wonderful present that can be e-mailed to anyone is our new book How to Make a Killing Selling Bead Jewelry. Order it at a discount to be sent to someone else or as a gift to yourself - for details scroll down or click US Version or UK Version.

Gemstone Properties e-book at 1/2 Price!

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 color photograph of each, and the benefits of 48 of the most popular gemstones used to make jewelry today.

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How to sell Bead Jewelry – The Bead Queen

One of our top UK customers is prospering the recession by selling heaps of bead jewelry at local craft fairs. Lorraine Cannell, “The Bead Queen” from Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England, is overwhelmed by the demand for her originally-designed hand-crafted jewelry.

It just goes to show it can be done in these difficult times! You can make a lot of money selling handcrafted jewelry. There will always be a market for quality, limited-edition creations. The problem facing most crafters is finding paying customers among increasing competition.

However, like any business: some do well, while others fail. And the failure rate of new business is appalling. To succeed you need to carefully plan everything. Work long hours, minimize your costs, maximize your selling price, and market like hell.

Lorraine succeeds because she “lives and breathes” beading to the extent where she’s even making pieces while travelling on a train or watching TV. She never misses the chance to sell - attending all her local fairs as well as organizing her own when no other outlet is available. And potential customers are infected with her beading enthusiasm, resulting in excitement and trust bringing extra sales.

For inspiration and to get an idea of future trends, she studies the fashion magazines and analyzes colors and styles in high street boutiques. This ensures she stays ahead of the game and her designs don’t go out of style before they’re sold.

Lorraine understands that presentation is everything. A neat box adds to the perceived value of her jewelry, and little labels explain what her beads are made from. She also knows that customers prefer sets of a necklace with matching earrings – because these are ideal for them to give away as gifts. Price too is important - she prides herself on competitive charges. Too expensive and sales will slow, too cheap and there’s not enough profit for marketing.

YOU too can be like Lorraine. Don’t hesitate booking a fair or making jewelry – Go For It right away! Offer a wide selection of different priced jewelry to attract the most buyers. The more diverse the range, the better chance you’ll have to sell. However, ensure you have a few very-expensive items that will make your other jewelry look more affordable.

Don’t just lay your designs on a cloth. Use your creativity to arrange differently to other sellers. We have another customer who hangs her jewelry from the branches of a curly hazel tree trunk fixed to a plank of rough wood. She says it “catches people’s eye - and the more unusual the display, the better”. She lives by the sea and also uses large shells and goat horns to show her designs.

A website or online store is a must these days. If you don’t already have one – you’re losing sales. Customers that don’t buy from you right away may go online to purchase at a later date. Lorraine’s son built here a splendid internet shop with an attractive front page that changing display of all here latest designs.

To see The Bead Queen Store go to US Store coming soon at


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. Color 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, colorless oil or wax to improve color and durability. Jewelry 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 jewelry, 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 jewelry with mystique, giving a Tibetan effect.

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How to Make a Killing Selling Bead Jewelry

“Ultimate guide revealing proven steps to successfully sell beaded jewelry”

169 jam-packed pages of the latest jewelry selling secrets. Everything you ever wanted to know profiting from handcrafted beaded jewelry - including how to source at the lowest prices. See your income soar from new profit sources. Instant results! Dynamic growth potential. Comes with free bonus books of Gemstone Properties and Guide to Cashing in on eBay.

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