Best Card Dongles, Peridot & Carnelian Beads

21st July 2019

See us with many new beads next weekend, 27th-28th July at Kempton Park Gem n Bead Fair, London. Lots of exhibitors, easy parking and own train station.

The following weekend we’re in Cambridgeshire at Burges Hall Gem ‘n’ Bead Fair, One Leisure, Westwood Rd, St Ives PE27 6WU. Then 10th Aug we’re at Berwick-Upon-Tweed Bead Fair and the next day, 11th Aug in Perth at the Scottish Bead Fair.

All our shows booked so far this new year click 2019 Bead Fairs.

New Beads
Bead Show Report – Early Summer
Best Card Dongles
Peridot – The Cooling Gemstone For August
Norwich Bead Group
Bead Fairs
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New Beads

New BeadsNew beads sell fast for us – so jewellery with new beads should sell for you too!

At Kempton and all our shows we have many NEW beads just arrived in the UK in our 800 kg shipment of 37 boxes!  Lots of popular semi precious matte – some already listed on our online shop, click: New Beads.

Bead Show Report – Early Summer

Norwich Bead Fair – 12th May
Norwich May 2019Norwich is always busy, and this one didn’t disappoint – although quiet towards the end. We now have more beads on display than ever before, filling the entire hall with The Bead Queen.

Devon Bead Fair – 19th May
Devon Bead Fair 2019Despite moving from the beautiful Exeter Castle to an indoor shopping centre, this was our best Devon Bead Fair ever. Andrew done a great job, even arranging help for us to lug heavy boxes up the steps. We had a huge display with lots of customers and lots of sales!

Ship Inn, TeignmouthAs usual when we exhibit in the West Country, we stay a few days longer. This time we visited Agatha Chrisie’s home, Greenways – and spent an eveing with Micheal & Sarah from Bead Buyer at the Ship Inn, Teighnmouth.

Kempton Park Gem n Bead Fair – 1st-2nd June
KemptonPark June 2019A little disappointing – attendance and takings down. Perhaps four Kempton’s a year is too many? We had a great display that took hours to setup, pity there wasn’t more visitors. We’re back at Kempton this weekend, hope we do better – last July was good.

Cornish Probus Bead Fair – 23rd June
Cornish Bead Fair Probus Fair 2019Our best Cornish show so far, and easy to do as we setup the day before this year. Lovely village hall in a beautiful Cornish village.

Takings were helped by two large sales, strangely from customers’ near Liverpool (one flew down)! However, a lot of our regular Cornish customers were too busy in their shops to visit.

St Michael's MountWe love it in Cornwall though, despite taking 9-hours each way to get there from Norwich. This time we stayed near Pedn Vounder Beach, voted the best in the UK by BBC Radio 2 DJs. Picture is St Michael’s Mount, Marazion. The tractor-boat has been replaced by a fleet these little boats to cross when the causeway is under water.

Best Card Dongles

CardsIf you sell jewellery, accepting payments by card is a must. It’s going to take decades for the Government’s aim to eliminate cash, but plastic already accounts to over 60% of all sales. Plus customers’ are likely to spend more if they can’t see the notes!

I’ve become a bit of an expert on credit card dongles. I’ve tried them all – the cheap, pay-as-you-go ones that is. Most cost under £30 for the new customers, and transfer card payments to any bank account in just two-days.

All work very quickly – 3.5 seconds with PIN number or about 3-seconds contactlessly for payments under £30.

card readerThe best I now is from iZettle – because it’s so reliable. I take two to every bead fair, one as a backup. Because I once had a problem with the device not working, but only once in over 80 shows.

SumUp DongleSometimes I use another of my backup doungles, like SumUp. The German company offers a beautiful little device, along with exceptional customer service. However, if you insert a card into the reader wrong, it corrupts the device so it can’t read anymore and will only take contactless payments under £30.

Square DongleThe other popular dongle is the US Square. This is a little different as the reader doesn’t has a keyboard, so you need to hand a iPad or phone to the customer to enter their PIN number. Square is the only pay-as-you-go dongle company that allows receipt of payments without actually having the card present. However, I find it very troublesome getting the device to work, and it’s slow to cancel an amount entered wrong.

The only other dongle on the market is from PayPal. I’ve tried two of these a few years ago and they are totally useless. Everything went wrong, both with the device and the software. Although PayPal are fantastic for online payments, they have a lot of work to do with their card readers.

Peridot: The Cooling Gemstone For August

Peridot BeadsJust the name Peridot sounds summer cooling, and its vivid, shimmering aqua-green colour is the ideal gemstone to complement a light summertime outfit. Peridot goes so well with any light colour, blending subtly to add interest to a design.

Peridot (pronounced pair-a-doe) is the gem variety of olivine, a mineral formed under intense heat. Perhaps named from the French word Peridot, meaning unclear, due to its inclusions and cloudy nature.

Peridot chip beadsSmall crystals of peridot are often found in rocks by volcanoes and in meteors. Because the iron which creates the colour is an integral part of its structure, its colour is always green – ranging from transparent lime to olive green. One of the few gemstones of only in one colour.

Peridot has been mined as a gemstone for thousands of years, said to be the favourite gem of Cleopatra, and mentioned in the Bible. In ancient Egypt it was mined at night because legend tells that peridot was hard to see during the day.

Peridot has also been confused with emerald and many jewelers refer to it as “evening emerald”. Peridot was later used to decorate medieval churches, carried back to Europe by the Crusaders, like the huge stones of more than 200 carats in size at Cologne Cathedral.

Peridot BeadsThe gemstone is actually known under three names: Peridot, Chrysolith (derived from the Greek word Goldstone and Olivin, because Peridot is the gemstone variety of the Olivin mineral. In the gemstone trade it is generally called Peridot, a name derived from the Greek Peridona, meaning something like giving plenty.

Peridot is recommended for insomnia, digestive problems and to stimulate the mind. Some say peridot has the power to drive away evil spirits, intensified when the stone is set in gold. And its also said to strengthen the power of any medicine drunk from peridot goblets. Peridot is for people with the star sign of Leo.

Peridot & Pearl Necklace

Peridot NecklacePeridot & pearl so so well together – teardrops of the moon goddess! This necklace is to inspire what can be done using a combination of different stones.

Blue pearls with vivid green peridot make a striking fresh combination to cool you from the summer heat. Clusters of pale-blue 7mm rice pearls are wrapped with 4mm peridot beads producing this 16″ -18″ long necklace with a lobster clasp.

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Carnelian – another gemstone for August

Carnelian BeadsThis flesh-coloured stone comes from the quartz family, and is usually bright orange to reddish orange, translucent to clear. However, it can be other colours like green or yellow.

Carnelian BeadsCarnelian has brought many ancient beliefs, like protection during travel after death and against evil. It is also believed to combat bad tempers. The name comes from the Latin word “Carnis” meaning flesh. The Roman thought that the darker Carnelian represented males and the lighter, females. Many believe that it creates a bond with man and nature.

Carnelian BeadsCarnelian is for confidence. Said to help blood disorders and eliminate toxins from the body. Carnelian is in tune with the energies of the Earth, making you feel comfortable with your environment. Allowing you to pause and reflect, while feeling settled and more secure.

Carnelian stimulates the reproductive organs too; hence its long use as a fertility symbol. It is also said to help creativity and have a clearing effect, replacing negative energy with positive. Making it easier to find direction and feel in control of your life.

Green carnelian beadsA good stone for people starting new projects or who feel they are going nowhere. It motivates, allowing you to find the energy to make the most out of life. Carnelian is best for people with the zodiac sign of Leo, and for those born on a Friday.

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Norwich Bead Group


Everyone should join a beading group, especially if you’re starting out beading.

Covering East Anglia is a group of like minded women (not adverse to men joining the group, but to date have only had one!) who meet once a fortnight at the Methodist Church on Ipswich Road in Norwich, to do anything beady.

Some people enjoy beadweaving, some wirework and others bead embroidery. Some dabble in all three. It is a chance to get together and share ideas etc. For further details contact Karen Jarvis by email at

To download Norwich Bead Group’s latest newsletter click here.

15% Off Anything From MrBead

15% off all orders with no minimum. Key CARNELIAN at checkout now, as offer ends Friday 26th July. Use at or, but can’t be used with any other discount.

Bead Fairs

  • Weekend 27th-28th July: Kempton Park Gem n Bead Fair
  • Weekend 3rd-4th August: Burges Hall Gem ‘n’ Bead Fair, One Leisure, Westwood Rd St Ives, Cambs PE27 6WU. Full details here.
  • Saturday 10th August: Berwick-Upon-Tweed Bead Fair, Ancroft Village Hall Ancroft, Northumberland TD15 2TL. Full details here.
  • Sunday 11th August: Scottish Bead Fair Best Western Queens Hotel Leonard Street, Perth, PH2 8HB. Full details here.
  • Weekens 17th-18th August: Harrogate Gem n Bead Fair, Pavillions of Harrogate Great Yorkshire Showground, HG2 8NZ.
  • Sunday 1st September: Cornish Bead Fair, Cornish Bead Fair, The John Betjeman Centre Southern Way, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7BX

To see all the bead shows we have booked so far click Bead Fairs 2019 – many more yet to add!

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