Year of the Rooster & Amethyst Beads for February

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Amethyst: The Royal Purple Pope Stone
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Happy Chinese Year of the Rooster

The flamboyant Year of the Rooster begins on 28th January 2017. Each animal in the Chinese zodiac is divided into elements with slightly different characteristics - this new year is a Yin Fire Rooster. Fire brings more energy, so magnifying the animal's behavior. While a yin year is best spent in harmony with close ones. Progress, honour and integrity will be the aim.

Rooster People
Roosters are hardworking, confident, talented, honest, healthy, outspoken and fast thinking, making them impatient. They are popular and like to be the centre of attraction, expecting others to listen to them, but can be arrogant. Although a rooster is guided by instinct, he is well organised, a big thinker, a doer, and very active.

If you are a Rooster
You will rise in glory and benefit from the energy of your year. Pursue new opportunity as 2017 is a time for rebirth. You still need to work, but will be rewarded. Financially it will be an average year, but curb spending and only listen to those more successful than you. As its the start of a new 12-year cycle, don't dwell on the past, but plan big for the future.

There may be drama in your relationships, but if you're reasonable to your partner's wishes, all will be well. Your perfect partner is an ox or snake - the worst a rat, rabbit, horse of pig. Good careers are in sales, journalism, PR, hairdressing, teaching, or a policeman.

Predictions for this Year of the Rooster
A powerful year moving forward. Impressions count, but stick to proven-paths for success. Copy the Rooster's traits, such as loyalty, hard work, and family values. Its a good year to marry, or start relations if single.

Those who take action, like businessmen or athletes will succeed, and people will be less stubborn, more polite. However, astrological tension will create demonstrations from leaders or large corporations, and further migration will cause political instability. New celebrities will emerge, but quickly loose their fame.

Rooster Years are a blend of righteousness, hard-work and efficiency. If you're positive, and have the willpower and focus, you can achieve anything. This year's life depends more on your actions, rather than astrology. Lucky is the colours of purple, and amethyst and topaz stones.

Rooster Years
If you were born during these dates, then you are a Monkey: 8/2/1921 to 27/01/1922, 26/1/1933 to 13/2/1934, 13/2/1945 to 1/2/1946, 31/1/1957 to 17/2/1958, 17/2/1969 to 5/2/1970, 5/2/1981 to 24/1/1982, 23/1/1993 to 9/2/1994, 9/2/2005 to 28/1/2006, 28/2/2017 to 15/2/2018, 13/2/2029 to 2/2/2030.

Famous Rooster People
Benjamin Franklin, Britney Spears, Bryan Ferry, Carly Simon, David Livingstone, Dawn French, Duke of Edinburgh, Elton John, Errol Flynn, Eric Clapton, Gloria Estefan, Goldie Hawn, Joan Collins, Michael Caine, Neil Young, Prince Philip, Roman Polanski, Rudyard Kipling, Stephen Fry, Van Morrison, Willie Nelson

Rooster Likes
Colours: gold, brown, yellow. Birthstone: citrine. Western zodiac equivalent: Virgo. Lucky numbers: 5,7 & 8.

For a lucky Chinese Jade Year of the Rooster Pendant click here

MrBead Shop Now In The UK

Our container was delivered to Norwich on Thursday, so the MrBead shop will shortly be back open.

Most orders will be mailed next-day, so UK customers will get their beads faster - however, please allow about 8-days to reach you, especially when we're busy at bead fairs. Also, we've paid the tax on these already, so you won't have any surprises from the postman!

If anyone is in a hurry, we have already opened our US store in US dollars. Some categories are still closed, but over 100 categories are available - thousands of different beads also mailed from Norwich.

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Amethyst: The Royal Purple Pope Stone

What is Amethyst?
Amethyst is the gemstone for February, and for those born under the zodiac of Pisces. Amethyst is known as the Royal Purple Pope Stone, the purple variety of quartz. If it wasn't so abundant, amethyst would be very expensive. Its name comes from the Greek, meaning not drunken. Perhaps due to a belief that amethyst would sober the effects of alcohol. However, I find this doesn't work!

Amethyst is always purple, but comes in shades of pale lilac to deep purple. Deeper colours are more valuable - milky amethyst is the cheapest. Amethyst is mined in South American, but the best in Africa. Very dark amethyst, mostly in small sizes, also comes from Australia.

According to Greek mythology, Dionysus, the God of Intoxication was angered by an insult from a mere mortal and swore revenge on the next mortal that crossed his path, creating fierce tigers to carry out his wish. Along came unsuspecting Amethyst, a beautiful young maiden on her way to pay tribute to the goddess Diana. Diana turned Amethyst into a statue of pure crystalline quartz to protect her from the brutal claws. Dionysus wept tears of wine in remorse for his action at the sight of the beautiful statue. The god's tears stained the quartz purple, creating the gem we know today!

The Church & Crown
Purple has long been considered a royal colour, featured in the British Crown Jewels and a favorite of ancient Egyptian royalty. Leonardo Da Vinci wrote that "amethyst could dissipate evil thoughts and accelerate intelligence".

Because amethyst was believed to encourage celibacy and symbolize piety, it was very important in the ornamentation of churches in the middle ages. Amethyst is still the stone of bishops' who often wear amethyst rings. Even in Tibet, amethyst is considered sacred to the Buddha.

Amethyst's sobering and calming qualities is why it's considered to have the power to purify and bring peace. It's also believed to boost lower energies higher, and heal at all levels of mind, body and spirit. Amethyst is especially useful to calm overworked minds as it brings mental strength, stability, and vigor, and reduces negativity.

Amethyst also supports all that is transitional. Especially death and rebirth - providing peace of mind when a loved one is lost. As an elixir, amethyst can help toothache, bone and joint discomforts and problems with the stomach and digestion. It has also been known taken for blood disease and balance blood sugar.

In yoga, amethyst aids the 6th Chakra, the Third Eye, center of the body's spiritual power. Because amethyst heightens awareness, both spiritual and psychic - increasing intuition and psychic development and transition from a normal state of consciousness to a deeper awareness.

Amethyst Jewellery Design
Amethyst jewellery sells well because it has never gone out of fashion. In fact new-agers have made it more popular than ever. It's dark royal colour oozes style. Amethyst goes well with silver, clear crystal and other subtle colours. If you make hand-crafted jewellery; design matching necklaces, bracelets, and earrings to offer more choice to your customers. Don't overpower your design with too much of the gemstone - add lots of silver spacers and findings to balance.

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How to make an Amethyst Necklace

These are the steps of MiMi making an amethyst necklace using our amethyst nuggets and fancy drop beads (numbers are as pictures on the online version of this newsletter).

Note the crystal rondell beads and gold stardust used as spacers.

  1. Get all materials ready: nylon wire, crimping beads & 5mm stardust gold spacers, crystal rondell beads, crimping pliers, wire cutter, catches, all beads.
  2. Slide 2mm crimp bead onto wire and insert wire into eye on clasp
  3. Loop and connect crimp bead.
  4. Crimp attached to eye on clasp, and squeezing crimp bead closed
  5. Thread the beads into the wire.
  6. Repeat steps 2 to 5 to secure the other end of the necklace.
  7. Cutting off excess wire
  8. Finished.

Mr & Mrs Bead's Irish Holiday

MiMi and I were busy this week decorating our Norfolk holiday cottage, and will soon be back to beads. Beaders staying get a special discount (email for details) - see the cottage at Bure Cottage. However, we did take a week's break in January - see the blog of our New Year holiday in Northern Ireland - click here.

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