Hematite Beads & Teaching Jewellery

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The picture on the online version of this newsletter shows an advert from a popular British newspaper for a simple magnetic bracelet for £17.95. Illustrating what price your customers’ are willing to pay for this type of jewellery.

Hematite makes great jewellery because it’s inexpensive and looks shiny and sleek. It’s especially suitable for winter bracelets. People wear it as rings, bracelets and necklaces not only for style, but because they believe the magnetic variety relieves rheumatism. Magnetic therapy has been around for over 4,000 years.

Bio-magnetic bracelets are becoming popular again. Some swear, not only do they look good; the magnetism makes them feel better too.

Therapists claim they can cure disorders and the magnetism relieves pain and stress, especially if the bracelet is worn on the area of reflexive points. It’s also said to protect from harmful radiation caused from every-days appliances like microwave ovens, mobile phones and televisions.

The idea is that magnetic fields can relax capillary walls in the body by increasing blood flow, similar to the effect of massaging muscles. The average person has 3 to 4gms of iron in their body, most in the blood. When this iron is magnetized, circulation increases. Others say, magnetic jewellery allows the body to produce endorphins, the natural pain killers. There were no reports of side effects.

Not all hematite is magnetic. Sometimes the magnetic attraction can be a disadvantage to jewellery design – pulling metal from other components.

There is also a new type of hematite bead recently available giving yet another angle to this versatile metal – Aurora Borealis. This is hematite with an AB coating similarly used on crystals to give a multi-colored effect when turned. This looks striking on jewellery designed to be worn in bright lights at night.

Hematite is one of the most common minerals, being the principle ore of iron. The colour of most red rock, like sandstone, is caused by small amounts of hematite. Although usually black in jewellery, it may also be responsible for the red colour of garnet and ruby.

All non-crystalline forms of hematite are transformations of the mineral Limonite that lost water, possibly due to heat. Hence the recent excitement of the discovery of grey hematite on the planet Mars, suggesting there was once water present.

Only well formed hematite crystals are cut and polished into cabochons for jewellery, beads, and ornaments.


Make extra money and share the fun you have creating jewellery at the same time. These days everyone is looking for extra ways to make cash. They’re signing up for craft workshops on everything from photography to calligraphy, from oil painting to quilting. Capitalize on this rapidly growing niche market.

There is a huge audience of people wanting to make and sell jewellery they design, but have no idea how to go about it.

A jewellery workshop is perfect for them to learn a new art, create something beautiful to wear, and make friends too. Others need help and someone to provide the supplies and tools to make just a single project they have in mind. They know it’s cheaper to pay you than buy a lot of stuff that won’t get used much. However, if someone asks you to buy anything special you don’t already have, make sure they pay you up front.

You’re an Expert, and don’t Know It!
For you, the experienced craftsman, teaching jewellery is fun and an easy way to earn extra money. The time you put into teaching is usually flexible and you can work as little or as often as you wish. Teaching is a great way to keep cash coming in during the quiet season. You can even limit your workshops to only those months. You’ll also be thrilled from admirers of your jewellery, and they may even purchase some too.

A Growing Business
The more lessons you hold, the more teaching job opportunities arise – they tend to snowball once you start. Don’t feel nervous the first time, act confident and pretend everyone watching is a close friend. Just relax and explain what you’re doing as you make a piece, people are eager to learn and will look up to you.

It’s Easy!
You don’t have to be clever, just psyche yourself up and enjoy yourself! If people praise your work, you’re good enough to teach. Be passionate about your hobby, as this is infectious. Don’t worry about running out of ideas to design, because your students will constantly ask for things they’d like to know how to make. However, it pays to look in a few magazines or online before you start, to get some ideas and learn what’s fashionable. Don’t be shy charging. You must have lost a small fortune over the years learning the trade - leftover beads and tools galore. Start small. Just three students paying you £12 each for an hour & a half session is fine. That’s £36, and you’ll have pieces at the end to sell too.

How to find Students?
Get some good business cards printed and hand them out everywhere you can. Always give one to existing students. Mention on all your e-mails by making a “signature” at the bottom of all your letters – most e-mail programs can do this. Write a business-like offer to give jewellery making classes, and mail it to all your local colleges and adult schools. Get the list from the phone book. If possible find out the name of the person in charge. They are more likely to read your letter if it’s address to them personally.

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