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The Edinburgh Gem n Bead Show is cancelled, so if you’re a Scottish beader, don’t miss us in either Berwick or Perth the follow week. On Saturday 18th August at Berwick-Upon-Tweed Bead Show, or Sunday 19th in Perth at The Scottish Bead Fair. Both free entry, free gifts & free refreshments!

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Just Arrived New Beads

We arrive back in the UK early Wednesday 25th July, keen to show you at Kempton Park the best of our new beads carried on the flight.

Part of a 600-km shipment that will follow the end of August. A limited quantity was mailed by air, so hope to add some to the MrBead online shop in a few weeks.

We’re looking forward to cooling down in London and Norwich, after humping half a tonne of beads in the Far East.

At this time of year, it’s tough out there with 87% humidity. Just a short walk with a box of beads leaves your shirt looking like a dishcloth after a spin in the washing machine.

Our customer’s have no idea how hard it is buying in Mainland China! We walk 10-miles a day sourcing your beads from literally hundreds of different shops, from 11am to 7pm over six days.

Nothing has prices displayed and most staff speak little English. There’s hours of paperwork for shipping and around £600 + taxes to get the consignment out of Felixstowe. Then there’s the money: the largest note is only worth £11, so we have to use a machine to count. You have it easy!

Summer Beads

This year summer’s great in the UK, with record temperatures.

However, it’s nothing like Hong Kong where MiMi and I sweated for 25-years.

July is the hottest month there, often over 36c, and it only goes down 4 or 5 degrees at night. It’s also the rainy season, where a month of UK rain downpours in an hour.

Summer jewellery is in either cooling blues and light-greens, or vibrant bright reds and yellows reflecting the setting sun. Calsilica beads look great with their vivid wild colour. Ethnic necklaces and bracelets are also in this time of year. Have fun making popular jewellery between time on the beach and BBQs.

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Calsilica For Summer Jewellery

Extraordinary new gemstone
Rainbow calsilica is a new material that makes amazingly striking, eye-catching colourful gemstone beads. The stones dramatic variation in vivid colored bands and its short history attract attention everywhere.

Makes powerful jewellery
Lots of bright colors are great in summer jewellery, bringing bundles of energy to the wearer. If you make jewellery as a hobby or a living, you should defiantly use rainbow calsilica in some of your spring and summer designs. Its mysterious change of dramatic colour and shape allows your imagination to run wild.

What is rainbow calsilica?
No two of these dramatic stones are alike – each has its own configuration of colour and striping. Because of this, many people speculate whether calsilica occurs naturally or is manmade.

Some say its imported from Mexico in slabs. The truth is that this plastic-like gemstone is pulverized carbonate rock, artificially coloured with pigments and then stabilized with a polymer.

Colour Sells. Sex-up your designs!
No two of these dramatic stones are alike – each has its own configuration of colour and striping. Because of this, many people speculate whether calsilica occurs naturally or is manmade.

Some say its imported from Mexico in slabs. The truth is that this plastic-like gemstone is pulverized carbonate rock, artificially coloured with pigments and then stabilized with a polymer.

Colour Sells. Sex-up your designs!
Calsilica beads come in all shapes and sizes, as well as every colour imaginable. The striking summer rainbow variety usually mixes bright red with yellow or blue for dramatic effect. Some have striped bands similar to agate, others have their colour in blotches like a Van Gough painting.

Dramatic zebra calsilica is resembles the animal with characteristic black and white stripes. Try mixing the same style beads for a matching necklace, bracelet and earrings.

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Peridot: The Coolong Gemstone For August

Just the name Peridot sounds summer cooling, and its vivid, shimmering aqua-green colour is the ideal gemstone to complement a light summertime outfit. Peridot goes so well with any light colour, 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 colour is an integral part of its structure, its colour 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.

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Carnelian – another gemstone for August

This flesh-coloured stone comes from the quartz family, and is usually bright orange to reddish orange, translucent to clear. However, it can be other colours 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.

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Summer Bead Fairs

  • Sat & Sun 11th-12th August - Harrogate Gem n Bead Fair, Pavillions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground HG2 8NZ - Full details here.
  • Saturday 18th August - Berwick-Upon-Tweed Bead Show, Ancroft Village Hall, Northumberland TD15 2TL. Free entry, free gifts & free refreshments! Full details here.
  • Sunday 19th August - Scottish MrBead Bead Fair, The Queens Hotel, Leonard Street, Perth PL27 7BX. Free entry, free gifts & free refreshments! Full details here.
  • Sunday 2nd September - Cornish Bead Show, The John Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge PL27 7BX. Free entry, free gifts & free refreshments! Full details here.
  • Saturday 22nd September - Highgate Bead Show, Holly Lodge Community Centre, 30 Makepeace Ave, London N6 7HL. Just 15-mins walk from Archway Tube Station. Free entry, free gifts & free refreshments! Full details here.
  • Sunday 23rd September - Essex MrBead Bead Show, Great Bromley Village Hall, Great Bromley CO7 7JA. Free entry, free gifts & free refreshments! Full details here.
  • Rest of bead fairs and full 2018 Bead Fair List

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