Make More Jewellery, Agate & Peridot Beads

This month is making more jewellery, agate beads and peridot & carnelian for August. Scroll down, or click one of the links below on the html version to go to a certain section:

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Make More Bead Jewellery
What is Agate & Agate Beads
Peridot - the cooling gemstone for August
Pearl & Peridot Necklace
Carnelian - another gemstone for August
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Make More Bead Jewellery!

For thousands of years before numbers or money, beads were used for counting and as a medium of trade. The oldest known beads date back to around 38,000 BC made from animal teeth by the Neanderthal people. Shell beads go back further, to more than 100,000-years.

Today, beads are more popular than ever, and worn by everyone from royal family to the factory worker. Beads still equal money – money for YOU, by selling your hand-crafted jewellery!

Jewellery making is becoming more popular. Fuelled by the creative making extra income designing pieces, and the desire of jewellery customers’ to express their individually.

This increasing trend of people who make their own jewellery is aided by fast-information of fashion, design, and availability of beading supplies. Beading is also, in some ways, easier to start than some other hobbies. Bead Shack owner Kerry Dove, says "a quilt or cross stitch may take six months but in half an hour to two hours you can make a necklace”, and "beading is so much more affordable and they say it's good for impatient people”.

It’s not unusual for people to leave high-flying jobs when they discover jewellery making. Stress is replaced by an escape from the rat race and the surprise of hidden creativity.

Shops are filled with mass-produced earrings, bracelets and necklaces, but women are looking for unique jewellery to make them stand out from the crowd. This desire for one-of-a-kind designs is fuelling the growing popularity of DIY jewellery making.

If you’re not already subsiding your income selling hand-crafted jewellery, NOW is the time to start. Don’t leave it another day! Go to Amazon or eBay and search for books on how to sell crafts jewellery.

What is Agate & Agate Beads

What is agate?
Agate is nature’s most striped gemstone. 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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Peridot - the cooling gemstone for August

Just the name Peridot sounds summer cooling, and its vivid, shimmering aqua-green color is the ideal gemstone to complement a light summertime outfit. Peridot goes so well with any light color, blending subtly to add interest to a design. Peridot (pronounced pair-a-doe) is the gem variety of olivine, a mineral formed under intense heat. Perhaps named from the French word Peridot, meaning unclear, due to its inclusions and cloudy nature. Small crystals of peridot are often found in rocks by volcanoes and in meteors. Because the iron which creates the color is an integral part of its structure, its color is always green - ranging from transparent lime to olive green. One of the few gemstones of only in one colour.

Peridot has been mined as a gemstone for thousands of years, said to be the favorite gem of Cleopatra, and mentioned in the Bible. In ancient Egypt it was mined at night because legend tells that peridot was hard to see during the day, yet easily visible by lamplight. The Greeks and Romans called peridot Topazion and Topazius - the later named topaz, to end the confusion between the two. Peridot has also been confused with emerald and many jewelers refer to it as "evening emerald". Peridot was later used to decorate medieval churches, carried back to Europe by the Crusaders, like the huge stones of more than 200 carats in size at Cologne Cathedral.

The gemstone is actually known under three names: Peridot, Chrysolith (derived from the Greek word Goldstone and Olivin, because Peridot is the gemstone variety of the Olivin mineral. In the gemstone trade it is generally called Peridot, a name derived from the Greek Peridona, meaning something like giving plenty.

Peridot is recommended for insomnia, digestive problems and to stimulate the mind. Some say peridot has the power to drive away evil spirits, intensified when the stone is set in gold. And its also said to strengthen the power of any medicine drunk from peridot goblets. Peridot is for people with the star sign of Leo.

Peridot & Pearl Necklace

Peridot & pearl so so well together - teardrops of the moon goddess! This necklace is to inspire what can be done using a combination of different stones. Blue pearls with vivid green peridot make a striking fresh combination to cool you from the summer heat. Clusters of pale-blue 7mm rice pearls are wrapped with 4mm peridot beads producing this 16" -18" long necklace with a lobster clasp. top of page

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Carnelian - another gemstone for August

This flesh-colored stone comes from the quartz family, and is usually bright orange to reddish orange, translucent to clear. However, it can be other colors like green or yellow. Carnelian has brought many ancient beliefs, like protection during travel after death and against evil. It is also believed to combat bad tempers. The name comes from the Latin word "Carnis" meaning flesh. The Roman thought that the darker Carnelian represented males and the lighter, females. Many believe that it creates a bond with man and nature.

Carnelian is for confidence. Said to help blood disorders and eliminate toxins from the body. Carnelian is in tune with the energies of the Earth, making you feel comfortable with your environment. Allowing you to pause and reflect, while feeling settled and more secure. Carnelian stimulates the reproductive organs too; hence its long use as a fertility symbol. It is also said to help creativity and have a clearing effect, replacing negative energy with positive. Making it easier to find direction and feel in control of your life.

A good stone for people starting new projects or who feel they are going nowhere. It motivates, allowing you to find the energy to make the most out of life. Carnelian is best for people with the zodiac sign of Leo, and for those born on a Friday. top of page

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