Glass, Ruby, Onyx & Summer Beads

7th July 2019

Summer BeadsSee us weekend 27th-28th July at Kempton Park Gem n Bead Fair, London.

Many NEW beads just arrived in the UK in our 800 kg shipment of 37 boxes!  Some already listed on our online shop, click New Beads.

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

New Beads
Why Glass Beads Are Good For You!
Summer Beads
Ruby For July
Onyx Beads
Bead Fairs
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15% Off Anything From MrBead

15% off all orders with no minimum. Key GLASS at checkout now, as offer ends Friday 12th July. Use at MrBead.co.uk or MrBead.com, but can’t be used with any other discount.


Bead Buying

This time we brought lots of large semi-precious beads. A huge range of different, but only small quantities of each. So if you find something you like – buy it when you get chance!

Our customer’s have no idea how hard it is buying in Mainland China! We walk 10-miles a day sourcing your beads from literally hundreds of different shops, from 11am to 7pm over 7-full-days.

New BeadsNothing has prices displayed and most staff speak little English. There’s hours of paperwork for shipping and around £700 + taxes to get the consignment out of Felixstowe.

Once again our consignment arrived while we were out of the country, so we had to pay over an extra £300 storage until we could collect. The container arrived a week late, last time it was early!

Why Glass Beads Are Good For You!

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. Don’t look down on glass!

Glass BeadsGlass are a cheaper alternative to crystal and more available. Therefore there are more shapes and colours in glass – and like gemstones, they come faceted, matte, or high-gloss too. Shapes range from simple designs like spheres, teardrops and leaves, to original and obscure forms.

However, versatility is the key to getting the most from your string – so buy round beads to avoid leftovers. 

Glass BeadsGlass beads are available in every colour, especially primary 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.

Mix glass with other beads when designing jewellery. 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.

Glass BeadsMost glass beads are made out of matte glass, dichroic glass and lamp worked glass. These regular forms of glass beads are relatively cheap to purchase.

Glass BeadsGlass beads can also be found in rare forms of vintage glass from Germany, Japan, Italy and Czechoslovakia. These vintage beads are usually hand made and therefore more expansive. 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 strung on cotton or nylon thread. 

What are glass pearls
Glass PearlsGlass PearlsGlass PearlsThese 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 pearls
They cost a lot 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!

Glass pearls are fantastic for the price!

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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Yarmouth BeachThis year summer’s great in the UK, with record temperatures.

Summer jewellery is in either cooling blues and light-greens, or vibrant bright reds and yellows reflecting the setting sun. Aquamarine and citrine is great for summer.

Wooden BeadsCalsilica beads also look great with their vivid wild colour. Ethnic necklaces and bracelets are also in this time of year.

Picture is our new summer carnival wooden beads. Have fun making popular jewellery between time on the beach and BBQs.

Summer Beads

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 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.

Ruby was considered to have magical powers, and 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 is the hardest mineral after diamond.

ruby beadsThe word Ruby comes from the Latin “ruber,” meaning red.  It comes in hues from an orangey red to a purplish red, but the best are a true red – and is called a sapphire in any colour other than red.

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.

Ruby BeadsIt has been said that the ruby’s red glow comes from an eternal flame, making a gift of this stone symbolic of everlasting love.  Powdered ruby was used as a cure for indigestion, and if worn on the left hand, ancient lore has it that the ruby will bring good fortune.

Ruby is expensive, so it’s not so popular with our customers – however we do stock some beautiful 3mm faceted ruby beads, see here.

Onyx – Alternate Stone

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 brown, white or grey.

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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15% Off Anything From MrBead

15% off all orders with no minimum. Key GLASS at checkout now, as offer ends Friday 12th July. Use at MrBead.co.uk or MrBead.com, but can’t be used with any other discount.

Bead Fairs

  • Weekend 27th-28th July: Kempton Park Gem n Bead Fair. Full details here.
  • 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. Full details here.
  • Sunday 1st September: Cornish Bead Fair, Cornish Bead Fair, The John Betjeman Centre Southern Way, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7BX. Full details here.

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

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