Aquamarine, Chalcedony For March, & Matte Beads

22nd February 2020

See us this weekend, 22nd-23rd Feb at Harrogate Gem n Bead Fair , or next weekend in London at Kempton Park Gem n Bead Fair. Then we’re at Norwich Bead Fair, Sunday 8th March.

Many new beads just imported into the UK!  For bead shows booked so far next year, click 2020 Bead Fairs

Aquamarine Beads For March
Frosted Matte Beads
Chalcedony For Spring Jewellery
Early 2020 Bead Fairs
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Aquamarine – March’s Gemstone

Aquamarine is March’s stone – a blue-green gemstone from South America, meaning Water of the Sea.

Aquamarine lifts spirit, and excellent for meditation, bringing peace and serenity. Use it for your spring jewellery designs.

aquamarine beadsFolklore says it protects sailors’  and is the treasure of mermaids. The gemstone is also supposed to have powers that reach to land too, helping married couples solve their problems and drive off evil.

Aquamarine is associated with the thymus gland and is very soothing worn as a necklace.

Also thought to help coughs, reduce fluid retention and calm the nerves. The Romans used aquamarine for stomach troubles and believed it could cure liver and throat problems. Aquamarine brings courage, aids quick intellectual response, and protecting the aura.

Aquamarine BeadsColour ranges from a very light turquoise blue to a bluish green. Darker blue colours are the best, greener less valuable. Check the clarity of the stone. Because aquamarine has a light pastel colour, it’s important to be free of flaws or inclusions.

Examine the cut from different angles checking light reflects evenly off the surface of the gem, and that there are no scratches.  Aquamarine is usually heat treated and sometimes irradiated. However, it will become paler if left out in the sun.

Clean aquamarine in with warm soapy water and a soft bristle brush. As with all gemstones, protect from scratches and sharp blows.

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Frosted Matte Beads 

Matte BeadsMatte, or frosted beads, have been popular in the US for a while, now the trend has reached the UK. We find matte beads sell fast!

Matte beads give a satin organic character to your jewellery – an extra air of quality. And they feel as soft as they look: content, comforting, and attention grabbing.

Frosted matte beadsBeads are matted the same way nature frosts stones or glass on the sea shore: by weathering. Naturally stones can take decades or even hundreds of years to reach their finish – but we have a trick to speed things up!

matting machinematte beadsMrBead has loads of matte. Most we buy already frosted, but MiMi also mattes shiny beads. The best beads for matting are large agates with lots of stripey character.

Matting BeadsShe mixes an abrasive compound similar to diamond dust with grit and water in our tumbler, and spins the beads.  The softer stones frost quickly, but many take hours. Then the beads are hand dried and grit poked from the holes. Picture below shows matte beads drying on MiMi’s clothes hanger!

matte beadsmatte beadsDark banded agates are particularly enhanced this way, with the satin finish looking absolutely magical.

Many frosted online at our category Matte Beads –  but to see our full range of matte beads, visit us at a bead fair new you soon.

Chalcedony – Another Stone for Spring Jewellery

Chalcedony BeadsChalcedony is an excellent gemstone to use for graceful spring jewellery. Its delicate, silky light-blue colour reminds of early morning mountain sky.

Chalcedony BraceletTry making matching chalcedony earrings and a bracelet. Use small beads with subtle silver spacers for style. Sell them in a white or light-blue box.

Chalcedony RingChalcedony is ideal for the lady you love or to use on wedding jewellery. Some people even use chalcedony wedding rings. Set in white gold or silver, it creates just the right look.

What is chalcedony?
Its name is said to come from an ancient Greek town called Chalkedon, which is now in Turkey.

Chalcedony is a fine-grained variety of quartz with a waxy luster and compressed crystals. Because of this structure, it’s usually semi-opaque – which creates a soft glow as the light diffuses through the stone. Ideal for graceful jewellery.

The  stone has been carved into ornaments for thousands of years – and in the past, its heavenly blue colour is why it was  called Mecca or St Stephen’s stone.

Fac Aqua Green Trapezoid Chalcedony Bead - LargeChalcedony comes in every colour, but for jewellery it’s usually light milky blue with a hint of pink. Being porous, it’s been dyed blue and pale minty-green for centuries – and today sometimes its colour enhanced to emerald green and even tangerine and peachy pink.

chalcedonyChalcedony is formed in volcanic rock cavities where silica-rich water flows through. Traces of iron oxide in the water create the pinkish and sometimes red colour.

The gemstone can be seen in the Arizona Desert, where petrified trees have formed from chalcedony replacing the ancient forest. Native Americas there called the stone sacred as they believed it brought stability to the tribe.

Chalcedony BraceletChalcedony EarringsChalcedony is a feminine stone, full of yin energy. Thought to balance the emotions, bring stamina, and promote kindness and charity.

It’s said to be good for love too, as it lowers anger and depression. The gemstone also absorbs negative energy and promotes a feeling of enthusiasm. It is believed to lower blood pressure with its anti-inflammatory properties and heal the lungs, so good for smokers! 

Chalcedony was carved into arrowheads, tools, knives, cups and bowls for tens-of-thousands of years. Sailors wore it as a talisman, and it’s the birthstone for those born under Sagittarius.                                           

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To get the discount off anything in our online stores, Key MATTE at checkout now, as offer ends Friday 28th February 2020. Use at or, but can’t be used with any other discount.

Early 2020 Bead Fairs

  • Sat & Sun 22nd-23rd Feb: Harrogate Gem n Bead Fair, Pavillions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, HG2 8NZ. Full details here.
  • Sat & Sun 29th Feb-1st March: Kempton Park Gem n Bead Fair, Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, London TW16 5AQ. Full details here.
  • Sunday 8th March: Norwich Bead Fair, The George Best Western Hotel, Arlington Lane, Newmarket Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 2DA. Full details here.
  • Sat & Sun 14th-15th March, Brighton Gem n Bead Fair, Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 9XZ. Full details here.
  • Sat & Sat 21st & 22nd March, Cheltenham Gem ‘n’ Bead Fair, Cheltenham Racecourse, Evesham Rd, Cheltenham GL50 4SH. Full details here.

Shows booked so far next year, click 2020 Bead Fairs.


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