Gain With Glass Beads, July's Gemstone Ruby & Onyx

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Gain With Glass - Glass Beads Are Good!

Glass beads are very popular for necklaces, bracelets, earrings, anklets and piercing. You can also use them on lamps, head caps and tiaras, even threaded on curtains. Because glass is a cheaper alternative to crystal and more available. There are also many more shapes and colours available in glass beads than crystal - and as gemstones, they come faceted, matt, or high-gloss too. These shapes can range from simple designs like spheres, teardrops and leaves, to original and obscure forms that can be indescribable. However, versatility is the key to getting the most from your string - so buy round beads to avoid leftovers.

Glass beads are available in a variety of colours like primary colours of red, green, and clear to more sparkling colours of aqua, magenta and rose. Many are multi-coloured with a blow effect as can occur on glass vases and beakers. Glass beads, especially when making jewellery items can be mixed with other beads on the thread. The mixture depends on the role of the item. A formal necklace may incorporate a few crystal beads threaded with the glass beads to give an impression of expense and class. However, a more casual look may prefer to incorporate shells or seed beads instead.

Most glass beads are made out of matt glass, dichroic glass and lamp worked glass. These regular forms of glass beads are relatively cheap to purchase. Glass beads are available from specific suppliers located in shopping malls and internet shops. The beads can usually be purchased individually, however the cost of the beads tends to fall the more beads that are purchased.

Glass beads can also be found in rare forms of vintage glass. These glass beads are usually from Germany, Japan, Italy and Czechoslovakia. These vintage beads are usually hand made and therefore more expansive and are common purchases for collectors or customers requiring a rare piece of jewellery to be made. Glass beads, as with many other beads are usually purchased ready holed and are thread onto either cotton or nylon threads.

Glass Pearls Are Fantastic For the Price!

What are glass pearls
These are man-made and coated to give a fantastic glossy eye-catching sheen. Like genuine pearls they have a substantial feel and weight, and are cool to the touch.

Advantage of glass pearl beads
They cost less than real pearls or gemstones and look almost the same. Except they lack the grooving found in cheaper natural pearls. They are more varied, in different shapes and bright colours like yellow, red, green and blue - as well as sparkling shades like aqua, magenta and rose. Most strings of our glass pearls are only 99p or US$1.65!

Mix glass with other beads
When making jewellery, blend glass with gemstones depending on the design. A formal necklace may use a few crystal beads threaded with glass beads to give an impression of style and expense. However, a more casual look might incorporate shells instead

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Ruby – July’s Birthstone

Like a perfect red rose, the Ruby's rich colour speaks of love and passion. July's birthstone is among the most highly prized of gems throughout history. The Ruby was considered to have magical powers, and was worn by royalty as a talisman against evil. It was thought to grow darker when danger was imminent, and to return to its original colour once safe.

The word Ruby comes from the Latin "ruber," meaning red. Ruby is the hardest mineral after diamond, a variety of the mineral Corundum, and is found as crystals within metamorphic rock. It comes in a variety of colours, and is called a sapphire in any colour except red. Rubies range in hue from an orangey red to a purplish red, but the most prized gems are a true red. Large rubies are very rare and valuable. The most beautiful crystals are thought to be from Burma, but they are also found in many other countries.

Rubies were thought to represent heat and power. Ancient tribes used the gem as bullets for blowguns, and it was said that a ruby would boil water instantly. Ground to powder, this crystal was used as a cure for indigestion - and it has been said that the ruby's red glow comes from an internal flame that cannot be extinguished, making a gift of this stone symbolic of everlasting love. And if worn on the left hand, ancient lore has it that the ruby will bring good fortune to its wearer.

July's Alternate Gemstone - Onyx

The Romans, Italians and Hebrew all have a different gemstone for July - Onyx.

Onyx is a term used for several stones. It has been dyed since ancient time, with the popular pure black variety, being dyed microcrystalline quartz. Its natural colour is usually brown, white or grey. And onyx used in architecture isn't a form of quartz at all, but a type of limestone marble. Onyx is very similar to agate. With straight bands of brown, white or black, where agate has curved bands of many colours.

Although regarded as protective, onyx has a reputation as a stone of discord. Onyx was worn to cool the ardors of love, probably because it helps to balance the mind and emotions. Not only avoided by lovers, but also at night, as it provoked nightmares. However, it does improve concentration and devotion, hence many onyx rosaries. Onyx is a strength-giving stone, aiding confidence and useful for athletes or people under stress. Its energy is a mental tonic and can help you cope with fears and worries, making you feel in harmony with your surroundings.

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MrBead Spring Bead Fairs

Visit us in the UK this spring, say you're a MrBead Newsletter reader and receive a free gift and a gold & black MrBead bag! See us today at Kentish Town, London

Saturday 27th June Kentish Town MrBead Bead Show, Kentish Town Community Centre Main Hall - 17 Busby Place, London NW5 2SP 11m to 4pm

We're back to China restocking during July. Many new beads in August!

Sat & Sun 1st & 2nd August Kempton Park Gem 'n' Bead Fair Kempton Park Racecourse Staines Road East, London TW16 5AQ 10am to 5pm Sat 10am to 4pm Sun
Sat & Sun 8th & 9th August Welsh Gem 'n' Bead Fair Royal Welsh Showground Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys LD2 3SY 10am to 5pm Sat 10am to 4pm Sun
Sat & Sun 15th & 16th August Harrogate Gem 'n' Bead Fair Pavillions of Harrogate Great Yorkshire Showground, HG2 8NZ 10am to 5pm Sat 10am to 4pm Sun
Sunday 23rd August Scottish Bead Fair Perth Concert Hall Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ 10.30am to 4.30pm
Sat & Sun 19th & 20th Sept Newark Gem 'n' Bead Fair Newark Showground Winthorpe, Notts NG24 2NY 10am to 5pm Sat 10am to 4pm Sun
Saturday 26th Sept Kentish Town MrBead Bead Show Kentish Town Community Centre Main Hall 17 Busby Place, London NW5 2SP 11am to 4pm
Sunday 27th Sept Autumn Bead Fair Holiday Inn, Garforth Garforth, Leeds LS251LH 10am to 4pm

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