July 2017

 The Power Statement Necklace & July’s Gemstone

1st July 2017

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See us today 11am to 4pm, 1st July at London MrBead Bead Show at a new location in Highgate – Holly Lodge Community Centre, 30 Makepeace Avenue, London N6 6HL. Details here.

Or tomorrow, Sunday 2nd July at Oxfordshire MrBead Bead Show with Czech glass beads & findings by Tanzee Designs at The Corn Exchange, Gloucester Street, Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 7JA. Details here.

We have many new beads just arrived in the UK – Say you’re a MrBead Newsletter Reader for free gifts! We will be at over 30 shows this year, all with a bigger display. Click for details: all our 2017 beads fairs.

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The Power Statement Necklace
Ruby – July’s Gemstone

Onyx – July’s Alternative Gemstone
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The Power Statement Necklace

One of our customers’ calls them ‘Theresa May Specials’. For sure, these chunky over-sized statement necklaces are the peak of fashion right now. Inspired by the 60-year-old British Prime Minister who wears them at almost every public meeting and event she attends – perhaps to intimidate her opposition in battle at Brexit or parliament.

Statement NecklaceMrs May first wore this type of jewellery at meetings in Europe last summer. In March 2017 she told Vogue “throughout my political career, people have commented on what I wear. But it doesn’t stop me from going out and enjoying fashion.”

Jewellery is one of the few ways a leader can express her personality within the rigid frame of tailored suits. Maybe the style is a giveaway to her inner character, but these chunky designs are more in-time with fashion than the Prime Minister herself.

Statement NecklaceInspire your own customer’s to buy these styles you can easily make yourself – by telling them if the PM can outclass other world chiefs, think what a statement necklace will do for you!

This type of necklace is best used with simple clothes and earrings, to avoid overdo. Let the piece speak for itself.

Theresa’s jewellery comes from Amanda Wakeley, who charges around £250 for a neck chain and £185 a bracelet. Usually silver plated or faux pearls to save both weight and cost.

Designer Amanda Wakeley says: “Gorgeous jewellery is the piece de resistance to any outfit… a chunky, statement cuff or subtle jewelled ring can transform a look from day to evening instantly. Decide whether you’re more of an icon, a rebel or a legend with our range of fashion jewellery.”

Large Plastic BeadsBlack and white is good, but if you go for colour, choose beads that match popular colours, like blues and greens. Store over-sized necklaces for yourself on hangers, to prevent tangling.

The statement necklaces on the above pictures were created using our beads – MrBead has many large beads, some on line, others you can see in the UK at a bead fair near you – our 2017 bead fairs.

ruby earrings  Ruby – July’s Birthstone Ruby

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.

ruby beadsThe 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 BeadsOnyx 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.

Onyx BeadsAlthough 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.

Onyx BeadsHowever, 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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  • Saturday 1st July, London MrBead Bead Show – NEW LOCATION at Highgate – Holly Lodge Community Centre, 30 Makepeace Avenue, London N6 6HL. Details here.
  • Sunday 2nd July, Oxfordshire MrBead Bead Show with Czech glass beads & findings by Tanzee Designs at The Corn Exchange, Gloucester Street, Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 7JA. Details here.
  • Sunday 23rd July, Norwich MrBead Bead Show with The Bead Queen at The George Hotel, Arlington Lane, Newmarket Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 2DA. Details here.
  • Sat & Sun 5th & 6th August, Kempton Park Gem ‘n’ Bead Fair, Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, London TW16 5AQ. Details here.

We will be at over 30 shows this year. Rest of bead fairs and full 2017 Bead Fair List

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Essex Bead Show on Sunday 24th September at http://mrbead.co.uk/essexbeadfair.htm

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