Year of The Rat & Amethyst Beads

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Today is start of the new Chinese Year of the Rat! For 25-years MrBead was based in Hong Kong, so although we’re British, we have Chinese roots!

We’re just returned from a huge buying trip there – bringing you hundreds of kilograms of new beads. Some will appear in the online store soon, and many will be available in Harrogate next month.

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The new Year of the Rat starts 25th January 2020. Each animal in the Chinese zodiac is divided into elements with slightly different characteristics – this Yang Year is a Metal Rat.

A blessed year of new beginnings. Metal Rats are strong, reliable, and can change unlucky events into fortune.

If you are a Rat
Unlike the West, in China, the rat is respected, and considered courageous and enterprising. People born this year are alert, curious, clever, tactful, imaginative, thrifty and able to grasp opportunities; making brilliant businessmen. They work with logic and cool emotion, are easy going, sociable, broad-minded, adapt well to their environment, but are timid and stubborn.

Rat people will have normal luck in 2020, but some may experience a lot of challenge, and single rats’ have a chance to fall in love. However, watch your health – a balanced diet and regular exercise always benefit rats. Wait for another year before big decisions, and avoid speculative investments.

Best partners are an ox, monkey or dragon – least harmonious with a horse, goat or rabbit. Best jobs: manager, entrepreneur, broadcaster, writer, musician, artist, author, doctor, lawyer, teacher or in finance.

Predictions for this Year of the Rat
Rat years are linked to material resources, luxury, and wealth. You will feel freer, so take advantage of opportunity for success.

The rat is first in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac, so it’s a good time to be ambitious, evolve and start new. The best moment to change is early in 2020. Creative energy will help achieve your wishes. The rat loves freedom, so help yourself, rather than worrying about others.

Natural disasters like earthquakes and floods are probable in the Southern and Western parts of the world.

Despite efforts for global stability and more females in power, fear and anxiety will bring pessimism to financial markets. However, industries belonging to the Fire Element, like energy, restaurants, and entertainment, can expect prosperity – as will real estate, mining, technology and banking.

Rat Years
If you were born during these dates, then you are a Rat: 05/02/24 to 23/01/25, 24/01/36 to 10/02/37, 10/02/48 to 28/01/49, 28/01/60 to 14/02/61, 15/02/72 to 02/02/73, 02/02/84 to 19/02/85, 10/02/96 to 06/02/97, 06/02/08 to 25/01/09, 25/01/20 to 11/02/21, 11/02/32 to 30/01/33.

Famous Rat People
Buddy Holly, Churchill, George Washington, Hugh Grant, Isaac Newton, Jimmy Carter, John F. Kennedy, Mark Zuckerberg, Marlon Brando, Mozart, Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Tiger Woods, William Shakespeare.

Rat Likes
Lucky Colours: gold, blue, green. Numbers: 2, 3. Gemstone: Garnet. Western zodiac equivalent: Sagittarius.

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What is Amethyst?
Amethyst is the gemstone for February, and for those born under the zodiac of Pisces.

Also called 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 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

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

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

1)Get all materials ready: nylon wire, crimping beads & 5mm stardust gold spacers, crystal rondelle 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 & 5) Crimp attached to eye on clasp, and squeezing crimp bead closed.
6 & 7) Thread the beads into the wire.
8) Repeat steps 2 to 5 to secure the other end of the necklace.
9) Cutting off excess wire



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