What's New, Skull Beads & See MrBead!

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If you're in the UK, please visit us for a MrBead bag & a free gift at one of our bead fairs during April, May & June - starting Sunday 28th April 2013 at Beads Up North, Haydock Race Course - for details click here. All our 2013 fairs here.

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For Free Shipping off anything enter BEADSHOW in the box at checkout, and click "Redeem Coupon". Use NOW - as expires Friday 19th April 2013. No minimum order, but can only for used at MrBead.com or MrBead.co.uk and cannot be used with any other discount or eBay.

New Beads:

New Beads:
Colossal 14mm Pearls - heavy & little grooving
36 Large Shiny Cadet Grey Pearls - 11mm
Large Shiny Enchanting Silver Pearl Nugget
85 Wonderful Aurora Borealis Hematite Stars
Unusual Tektite Nuggets - from outer space!
225 Gradualted Amber Disc Heishi Beads
152 Vibrant Fire-engine Red Coral Tube Beads
20 Wavy Opalite Moonstone Donut Beads
128 Colourful Rainbow Turquoise Heishi Beads
Colourful Rainbow Turquoise Button Beads
Colourful Rainbow Turquoise Heart Beads
Colourful Rainbow Turquoise Tube Beads

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Wicked Skull Beads

New trend
Skull jewellery is as popular as ever. Especially with the young, who wear skull rings on their fingers and hang skull pendants on their bags. The media adds to the craze with many celebratory discreetly showing skulls. Hot hip hop artists like King Ice make sure skulls are in by wearing them on expensive shamballa bracelets.

Originally skull jewelry was only a Tibetan Buddhist thing. Skulls have a negative context in Western culture, but to Buddhists they remind them to focus on reaching Nevada. The ultimate rebirth, when one finally escapes the suffering of terrestrial life - the final goal of their cycles of death and rebirth. Seeing skulls prevent Buddhists from wasting time building their ego or wealth, all of which becomes useless upon death.

Modern gothic culture has some similarities to Tibetan or Vajrayana Buddhist. Goths like to highlight suffering, so as to contrast from living and create an optimistic outlook. This similarity is rather like the oriental concept of yin and yang – opposite and constant flowing forces. Increase yin, and yang with decrease, and vice versa. Likewise, draw attention to death, and life with become brighter.

Why wear skulls?
To others, skulls remind that we all have to die. Skulls show that life is not permanent and are a symbol that we are all flirting with death. In this context they represent a quest to survive, a reminder to be careful. For the same reason hot-rodders hang a furry dice inside their cars. A sign of danger.

Rock Stars
In the world of rock music, skulls have always been worn by the stars. Every rocker sports a white metal skull ring, or a skull bracelet or necklace. Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones has worn a skull ring since the early seventies. Ozzy Osbourne and Axel Rose would never be seen without skull jewelry. To them skulls don’t just represent a fling with death, but a symbol of survival.

Some link the skull image to rebellion, explaining why pirates fly the skull and cross bones. Outlaws to society want to show they live by their own values, and will not be forced into a way of thought by others who have an alternate and often immoral motive. Many people hate the way corrupt governments or greedy capitalists try to manipulate their hard earned cash.

This reasoning leads to the wearers’ of skulls believing that they deter people from messing with them. Similar to old seagoing pirates flying their flag to frighten others away - and in conflict, the hope other ships would surrender without a fight.

Whatever you think, there is no denying that skull jewellery is becoming the next big thing in fashion. Just look around to see for yourself.

See our new skull bead category at MrBead.com or MrBead.co.uk
Wicked gothic skull jewellery at our sister store: AwesomeRings.com
See our shamballa section with skull beads at MrBead.com or MrBead.co.uk

See us in the UK for a Free Gift!

After being shut away in a little office reading and sending e-mails, we love to see customers!

Visit us in the UK and say you're a MrBead Newsletter reader, and we'll give you a MrBead bag & a free gift!

Sunday 28th April 2013 - Beads up North! Haydock Race Course, Newton-le-Willows WA12 0HQ
Saturday 18th May 2013 - The Luton MrBead Bead Show - Stockwood Hotel, Stockwood Crescent, Luton, LU1 3SS
Sunday 19th May 2013 - The North East Bead Show - Holiday Inn, Great North Road, Seaton Burn, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE13 3BP
Sunday 2nd June 2013 - Cheshire Bead Fair - Nantwich Civic Hall, CW5 5DG
Sunday 9th June 2013 - Norwich MrBead Bead Show with The Bead Queen - George Hotel, Arlington Lane, Norwich, NR2 2DA
Fri, Sat & Sunday 14th, 15th & 16th June - Middlewich Folk & Boat Fair, Cheshire, CW10 9AS. A fabulous weekend of folk & roots music. We will be in the craft tent, canalside.

We will also be calling at many beading groups. If you would like us to call on your group, please e-mail or tweet Nigel, or phone after 24th April 07576134264. For details of all our 2013 bead fairs click here
See a video of our September & October bead fairs here


Read about the man behind MrBead and watch him make a fool of himself at NigelHayMckay.com and his resent trips around Asia and what he eats in China! Much from these newsletters on beads is already on the site + a lot more with photos, and there will be a even more in the future.

Nigel's blog is now fully functional - so please join in at NigelHayMckay.com/blog!

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