Christmas Beads, Beading Tweets & Turquoise Beads

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We can deliver your Christmas present to anywhere in the world - just enter the mailing address in our checkout. However, please order early for Christmas - allow at least two-weeks. Although we will be mailing right to the last moment - all orders after 18th December will be delayed.

Christmas in Hong Kong is a mix of East and West, but being an ex-British colony (like the US!), at Christmas, Christian culture predominates. It can be get as cold as 10 degrees C, but is usually sun. Drink more and have a fun Christmas - there is more to life than beading!

See the video of October's bead fairs here and my blog about them here.

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Christmas Beads
Great Present Ideas
Gemstone Properties e-book at 1/2 Price!
MrBead's Latest Tweets
Turquoise – the birthstone for December
Turquoise & Pearl
20% off anything!
Free EMS Express Airmail on orders over US$200 or £130

Christmas Beads

Beaded jewelry makes great presents. Small and light, so being easily mailed or tucked in a stocking. It’s also personal and easy to remember who the gift came from. You can even hang jewelry on the Christmas tree.

Boxed necklaces with matching earring sets make great presents and easy to wrap. Offer your customers free gift wrapping and mailing. For personal gifts buy ready-made jewelry online, requesting your supplier to mail direct with no invoice and a happy Christmas note.

December is the peak retail season, when many stores take one-third of their entire year’s sales. So ensure you make lots of quality necklaces and bracelets well in advance. You can always give away as presents if they don’t all sell.

Turquoise is the gemstone for December, but pearls make ideal Christmas presents too – try combining the two or mixing pearls with silver. All give an air of sophisticated quality.

To read about pearls and how to make a pearl necklace click here.

Christmas Present Ideas

For the list click the HTML version here.

Gemstone Properties e-book at 1/2 Price!

Healers and new agers believe certain gemstones heal on a metaphysical level, because of the earths energy that has been absorbed by these stones. This book of 26 pages explains what the stones are, along with a color photograph of each, and the benefits of 48 of the most popular gemstones used to make jewelry today.

Click to buy this book through Paypal in £3.99 Pounds or $6 US Dollars.

For other bead books on Amazon click here

Giveaway or treat yourself this Christmas - the fast latest Kindle Fire for US$159, click here. More than an e-book reader!

MrBead’s Tweets

To those who haven’t joined Twitter yet (I expect you were late with e-mail too?), amuse yourself with some of our most-popular latest tweets below.

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News Tweets:
Australian Drunk Attempts to Ride Crocodile:click here
MrBead has lowered all Troll Beads:click here
New trend - beads on your nails:click here
Beads designs for the Hobbit premiere glitz:click here
How to Make a Coral Statement Necklace: click here
Beads travel in space:click here
Don't use TOO many beads in a wedding dress:click here. Angry Scottish bride!
Beading Classes are booming:click here . Join one now!
Diamond sells for US$21-million:click here. Sell your jewelry for more!
Sexy new Victoria's Secret design with floating beads:click here
How to Make Your Daughter Interesting in Crafting:click here
European fashion buyers look to Nigeria where coral beads are in:click here

Inspirational Quote Tweets:
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep" - Scott Adams
"We are what we think" - think positive & make more jewelry!
"Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order" - virginia woolf. Design with imagination!
"Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are" - Bertolt Brecht. Make more jewelry!
"Whether you believe you can or believe you can't, you're probably right" - Henry Ford. Think positive & make more money!
"Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are" - Chinese Proverb
"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties" - Erich Fromm. Experiment with your jewelry!
"Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found." - James Russell Lowell
"Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people” - Eleanor Roosevelt

Beading Tip Tweets:
Top 10 tips buying beads online: click here
Turquoise beads look great with red coral,creating jewelry with mystique & a popular Tibetan effect.
Some believe red coral promotes fertility: click here
How Bead Findings make you More Money: click here
Chalcedony beads are full of yin, which is good for love: click here
Lampwork beads warm up winter:click here
Glass beads need only 1% lead to be called crystal. Read all about:click here
NEVER sell handcrafted jewelry cheap.

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Turquoise - December’s gemstone

For selling, turquoise is similar to jade and pearl for the same reasons. Everyone appreciates it, and the gem always looks good however it’s used. Turquoise is the birthstone for December.

What is turquoise?
Turquoise is a soft, opaque gemstone, formed by volcanic rock reacting to copper deposits brought by water. Color ranges from blue-green, to yellow-green with grey, black or brown veining. Most non-green turquoise these days is dyed. As genuine turquoise is expensive, reconstituted turquoise is common - crafted from real turquoise chips fused with other stones to cut cost.

Turquoise has been found in 5,000-year-old Egyptian tombs and the Tibetans used it as currency centuries ago. North Africa and the Middle East hold large deposits, but most turquoise today originates from Burma and is carved in China. Turquoise didn’t reach Europe until the crusades when the name originated, meaning “Turkish stone”.

Ancient doctors thought turquoise prevented injury and ground it into a powder to cure stomach disorders, internal bleeding, and insect bites. Turquoise has always been used to protect the wearer from danger, attract wealth, and warn as a talisman or good luck charm. Some believe it will fade when danger or illness is near, or a lover is unfaithful. It’s also said to protect against pollution and strengthen the body.

Looking after
Turquoise is porous, so contact with liquids, oils or even perspiration should be avoided. This is why it’s often impregnated with plastic, colorless oil or wax to improve color and durability. Jewelry should be removed before washing.

Untreated turquoise will eventually turn green.

There are many different turquoise in the store, see at: or

Turquoise & Pearl

Turquoise and pearl go so well together - creating natural, expensive-looking, quality jewelry, ideal for presents. Wrap it in a nice box and try to be present when it’s opened - that's if you can't resist keeping the piece for yourself! Turquoise also looks great with red coral, creating jewelry with mystique, giving a Tibetan effect.

TWO offers with this newsletter!

To claim 20% off anything, key "BIGDISCOUNT" in the box at checkout (without the commas).

Use now, as offer expires Sunday 2nd December 2012. Only for use at or, and not with any other discount or eBay.

Free EMS Express Airmail on orders over US200 or £130

To guarantee your order arrives in good time, we're offering free express air service. This usually takes about 4 days - but allow over a week for the Xmas rush!

To claim key code "freeshipping" at the checkout in our US store at or (Use code without the commas.)

Offer to Sunday 17th December 2012 only - so order NOW! For use in our store at the checkout only and not valid for wholesale, for less than above minimum, or with any other offers.

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