Pony Beads, Lapis, and Sapphire & Chalcedony for September

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See us in the UK and make yourself known to collect your free gift and a MrBead Bag at one of our bead fairs in September and October. Starting on Saturday & Sun 20th-21st September 2014 - Gem 'n' Bead Fair, Newark Showground, Winthorpe, Notts, NG24 2N - Details

Pony Beads are Hot!
Magical Lapis Lazuli
Sapphire: September's Gemstone
Sapphire's Expensive - Use Chalcedony instead for September!
MrBead's UK Autumn Bead Fairs
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Sample our beads with a discount on any order at MrBead.co.uk or MrBead.com - just key PONY at the checkout and click "Redeem Coupon".

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Pony Beads are Hot!

What Are Pony Beads
Pony beads are small plastic or glass beads popular with adults and children as they are easy to work jewellery, hair fashions, and other crafts. Ponies are hot right now! They have large holes and are available in a huge range of colour and shape, making them fun for children who find them easy to thread into simple jewellery.

Adults also love pony beads for their inexpensive variety and versatility. Like many shades of the same colour making sophisticated design. They also come opaque, transparent; or glittering metallic neon gold, silver or copper, to add bling to your jewellery.

Types of Pony Beads
The most popular type of pony bead is the original round barrels, like a fat tire. However, theme shapes are catching up fast. Star beads, heart, flower, butterfly, animal shapes and Christmas pony beads in red and green shaped as Santa, snowmen and trees. All with large holes so they can be strung on more materials. Crow beads are similar, but larger.

Acrylic alphabet beads are trendy. Beaders use letters and colour to personalize custom jewellery. Number beads can be used to spell out the year, special dates, fund raising, or to make nursery bracelets. Teachers find pony beads fun to educate kids of all ages, and schools use them for events or to represent a form, team, or a mascot.

Other Uses
Pony beads are used on hair too - bright colours at the ends of tiny braids for fun, or many shades of the same tint for a cooler look. Other uses are on key chains, book marks, bead banners, scrunchies to hold hair, and transparent pony beads make excellent sun catchers. Needle crafters sew them onto bags and purses, and some crochet or knit them onto choker necklaces and clothing.

We have just imported the latest pony beads, see at our new category: MrBead.co.uk or MrBead.com

Magical Lapis Lazuli

The combination of royal blue and flakes of gold has made lapis very popular right now. Its quality speaks for itself making it easy for you to sell. And everyone expects jewellery made from the gemstone to be expensive, giving you an edge on price. Lapis lazuli just oozes quality - almost making your designs look royal! At one time lapis was expensive, but increased demand has brought the price right down.

Lapis Lazuli is a gemstone straight out of fairy tales of the Arabian Nights: deepest blue with golden shining pyrite inclusions which twinkle like little stars. Named after Lapis, the Latin word for stone, and the Arabian for blue. Thousands of years before Christ, Egyptian and Persian royalty wore lapis as a talisman to deter danger. In other cultures it was worshipped as a holy stone and thought to have magical power in oriental countries. Many believe the Biblical sapphire was actually lapis lazuli. Through the ages, lapis has been associated with power, wisdom, love, and a stimulant for psychic ability. And in the art world it’s famous for the ultramarine blue paint used by the Grand Old Masters, like on portraits of the Virgin Mary. While other compositions have long since paled, lapis has lost nothing of its brilliance.

Lapis is still mined in the remote mountains of Afghanistan, the best stones being deep and intensive blue with finely distributed golden crystals. The twinkling inclusions are not gold but pyrite, caused by iron. The blue color comes from the sulfuric content of lazurite, and looks dull until polished. Lapis is a soft stone that should be treated gently while polishing. Unpolished, the dark blue looks dull with golden inclusions and whitish veins from marble. However, a Lapis which has dulled after being worn too often is easily polished, and jewellery is often surface sealed with wax or resin.

For many people lapis is a stone of truth and friendship. Bringing harmony to relationships and helping its wearer openly state their individual opinion. While aiding inner vision, wisdom, insight and good judgment. It’s also said to be good for treating thyroid problems and helping to get in touch with our inner selves. A powerful gemstone that should not be worn by those who lack strength of character.

MrBead has 22 different shapes of lapis beads at MrBead.com and MrBead.co.uk

Sapphire: September's Gemstone

Sapphire is the birthstone for September, and is chemically and structurally the same as ruby, an aluminum oxide. However, where rubies are only red, sapphires come in every color but red: blue, golden yellow, reddish-orange, or violet. The most valuable sapphires have a vivid royal blue color. Some sapphires do change their colors between blue and violet depending on the light.

Sapphires are extremely durable, only diamonds are harder. Sapphires are generally cut into cushions, rounded rectangle or oval shapes. However, fancy sapphires may be triangles, squares, marquises, pear shapes, cabochon cut, or smooth domes. Sapphire is the anniversary stone for the 5th and 45th years of marriage.

Dark blue and lilac sapphire is said to enhance ones creativity while guarding against distraction. It is also good for sexual relationships because it tends create deep bonding between people and brings loyalty.

Light blue sapphire is the inspiration stone. It helps to bring new thoughts and makes one feel excited and full.

Green sapphire brings a lucky sense to ones life for it allows things to run smoothly.

Orange works on a totally different level by not allowing you to deceive yourself. It makes you look at things in their basic form without distorting it to conform to what you want it to be. Brings true knowledge - a good stone for students, teachers, writers and researchers.

Pink sapphire allows one to surrender to another for the good of the all.

White sapphire helps you take care of yourself and to tend to your personal needs. Yellow sapphire connects you to the total you with all of your inner knowledge. It also helps you to see what you do not know so you can look for an answer, rather than believing you already know the answer.

Sapphire's Expensive - Use Chalcedony instead for September!

Blue chalcedony can look similar to sapphire at a fraction of the cost.

Although a very fine-grained variety of quartz. It has a waxy luster with a compact fibrous structure. Natural chalcedony is usually grayish blue and sometimes with hints of pink, however it can be color enhanced to light blue. It is said that chalcedony was used as a sacred stone by the Native Americas, promoting stability within the ceremonial activities of the tribe. Chalcedony is thought to augment emotional balance, vitality, stamina, endurance, kindness, charity and friendliness. It also supposedly alleviates hostilities, irritability and melancholy.

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MrBead's UK Autumn Bead Fairs

Saturday & Sun 20th-21st September 2014 - Gem 'n' Bead Fair, Newark Showground, Winthorpe, Notts, NG24 2N
Sunday 28th September 2014 - Autumn Bead Fair, Holiday Inn, Garforth, Leeds, LS25 1LH
Saturday 4th October 2014 - MrBead Luton Bead Show, Stockwood Hotel, Stockwood Crescent, Luton, LU1 3SS
Sunday 5th October 2014 - Beadwork & Bead Fair, Uxbridge College, Park Road, Middlesex, London UB8 1NQ
Sunday 12th October 2014 - Staffordshire Bead Fair, Best Western Moat House, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5B
Saturday 18th October 2014 - The Big Bead Show, Sandown Park, West London KT10 9AJ
Sunday 19th October - Norwich MrBead Bead Show - George Hotel, Arlington Lane, Newmarket Road, Norwich, NR2 2DA
Saturday & Sun 25th-26th October - Gem 'n' Bead Fair, Newton Abbot Racecourse, Kingsteignton, Devon TQ12 3AF

For details of all our 2014 bead fairs click here
See a video of our September & October bead fairs here

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