Christmas, Turquoise & Tribal Beads

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A Very Merry Beading Christmas From MrBead!

Christmas Beads

Beaded jewellery 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 jewellery 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 jewellery 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.

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. Colour ranges from blue-green, to yellow-green with grey, black or brown veining.

Most non-green turquoise these days is dyed. Don't believe otherwise! 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, colourless oil or wax to improve colour and durability. Jewellery should be removed before washing. Untreated turquoise will eventually turn green.

There are many different turquoise in the store, see at

Tribal Jewellery

Tribal jewellery is popular.  Wild geometric and jungle shapes represent an adventurous lifestyle, so relevant to the fast competitive way of living today.  These patterns have been inspired from distant cultures and the fight for survival.

Nomadic jewellery designs using natural materials like bone, brightly-painted wood, shell and pearls show a sharp drive to stand out - with a soulful honor of the past, but at the same time being aware of the future.

Angular pieces like square rings and bangles work well with long dresses, balancing the symmetry.  Try making jewellery using wood in vivid colors mixed with horn and leather to give a primitive, native look. Vary shape and texture mixing round wooden beads with long sharp bone or metal.

Market your tribal jewellery as dramatically as the design.  Explain to potential customers that the piece reflects their own identity and style.  Each design has its own meaning to show how driven the wearer is to survive in an ever-competitive society.

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Order Early For Christmas!

Christmas creeps up faster than you expect. Beaded jewellery makes great lasting presents. Get your order in early to allow plenty of time to arrive and make up.

However, we’ll do our best to mail right up to the last minute. Then will be buying you the latest beads in China between January 4th to 18th – so orders will be delayed between these dates.

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