Mother’s Day Beads & Charm Bracelets
12th March 2017
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Mother’s Day Beads
When Is Mother’s Day?
Mother’s Day 2017 in the UK is Sunday 26th March, and in the US Sunday 14th May.
During the 1600’s, England celebrated “Mothering Sunday” on the 4th Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter). Then, many of the England’s poor worked as servants for the wealthy. As most were employed far from their homes, the servants would live at the houses of their employers. On Mothering Sunday the servants had the day off and encouraged to return home and spend the day with their mothers.
Mothering Sunday Around the World
In the United States Mother’s Day was first suggested in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe as a day dedicated to peace. Until 1914 when Ana Jarvis, with the help of the church, persuaded President Woodrow Wilson to make the second Sunday of May a national holiday in honor of the anniversary of her mother’s death.
However, many countries celebrate Mother’s Day at different times throughout the year – except Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium who also celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May.
Best Present for Mum, Daughters & the Ladies in Your Life
What do you give to Mother? She longs for something special, but already has everything. The gifts that mean the most, are the ones that have memories attached to them. Mother’s say that every time they receive something special from their children, they remember the exact circumstances for the gift. And one of the most cherished gifts has got to be a charm bracelet.
What would mother like on her special day? Beads of course! Make a special necklace or bracelet as a gift for your mother and mother-in-law this year – or purchase one already made. Jewellery is always appreciated, and gains sentimental value with age allowing Mother to always remember who it came from. Pearls are great, but any pink or warm-coloured stone jewellery would be appreciated! Picture is Nigel’s mum at Luton Bead Show.
Why are charm bracelets so special?
These beautiful bracelets are a personalized gift to someone close for weddings, children, graduations, Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, and all occasions. Like a history of her life to carry everywhere. A gift that never stops giving. An instant reminder of those who are important to her.
Charm bracelets are not only a truly unique gift, but also the building bricks for future presents. Allowing you to add charms for every future occasion.
History of charms
Carrying charms to ward off evil dates to Neolithic times where hunters wore stones for luck. Egyptians used charms for identification and to please their gods in the afterlife. In Roman times, Christians hid fish charms in their clothing to identify themselves to other believers – the Greek word for fish was an acronym for Christ. Charms protected medieval knights, and in the Dark Ages they represented heritage and religion.
Latter, superstition made charms an important part of life for most people – even the common folk depended on them for well being. Today’s charm jewellery stems from Queen Victoria’s fascination with charms and pendants, making elaborate charm bracelets fashionable amongst the gentry of the time.
Why wear a charm bracelet?
Charms are often collected as reminders of good times, and are carried because their sentiment makes the wearer feel comfortable. Modern bracelets allow charms to be added and removed to express moods, explaining their continued popularity.
One is never too old for a charm bracelet. Celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Crawford decorate their wrists with them, and top hip-hop singers wear million-dollar Shamballa bracelets. All make you feel good and are great conversation starters.
Fine-boned wrists need tiny charms, unless you have big hands. Larger charms on a chunky bracelet are best for larger bones. Long and thin arms are lucky enough to be able to stack a multitude of charm bracelets, Cleopatra style. Charms on a bracelet should face outwards, although some prefer the other way.
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Spring Bead Fairs
- Sat & Sun 18th-19th March – Brighton Park Gem ‘n’ Bead Fair, Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 9XZ – Details here.
- Sat 25th March – Norwich MrBead Show, The George Hotel, Arlington Lane, Newmarket Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 2DA – Details here.
- Sat 1st April – The Big Bead Show, Sandown Park, High Street, Esher, London KT10 9AJ – Details here.
- Sat 23rd April, Beads Up North! Haydock Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows WA12 0HQ – Details here
- Sat 6th May, Luton MrBead Show, The Stockwood Hotel, 41-43 Stockwood Crescent, Luton LU1 3SS – Details here.
- Sun 7th May, Great British Bead Show, Beadworkers Guild, Staverton Park Hotel, Staverton, Daventry, NN11 6JT – Details here.
Rest of bead fairs and full 2017 Bead Fair List
Exhibit at a MrBead Show
We have limited space available for crafters at some of our own bead shows:
At Berwick Upon Tweed on 20th May. Location details at http://www.mrbead.co.uk/berwickupontweedbeadfair.htm
In Cornwall on 18th June at http://mrbead.co.uk/cornishbeadfair.htm
In our Oxfordshire hall on 2nd July at http://www.mrbead.co.uk/oxfordshirebeadfair.htm
Or our Essex Bead Show on Sunday 24th September at http://mrbead.co.uk/essexbeadfair.htm
We market for beaders making jewellery, rather than selling ready-made jewellery – so to attract your customers, you may need to market yourself. However, we’re just looking for a small contribution towards costs. If interested, email Nigel at nigel@MrBead.com