Colour Trents for 2018 & Aquamarine Beads
2nd March 2018
See us tomorrow or Sunday, 3rd & 4th March, in London at Kempton Park Gem ‘n’ Bead Fair, Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, London TW16 5AQ.
The snow should have melted by weekend! The BBC say it will be really hot then, 5 C Saturday and 8 C Sunday, but will be a lot warmer inside: see the forecast here. If you don’t fancy driving, there’s a train station at the venue: Kempton Park Racecourse Station.
Then at Brighton Racecourse, 17th & 18th March at Brighton Gem ‘n’ Bead Fair – and Exeter the following weekend.
Details of our bead shows booked so far for this year: 2018 Bead Fairs.
Colour Trends For SPring Summer 2018
Aquamarine – March’s gemstone
Chalcedony – A Graceful Stone For Spring Jewellery
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Colour Trends for Spring Summer 2018
According to the catwalk, colour fashion trends for 2018 will be in two directions.
One being vibrant modern colours like Van Gogh – the other, light airy pastel hues of lavender to pink. This includes all purples, especially ultra violet to suggest mystery.
Lively flamboyant colours are sky-blue, light green, intense rose pink, and military green. All richness and zest for the modern woman in the urban jungle.
Other fashionable colours this year are tomato-red, chocolate-brown, canary -yellow and milk-white. All powerful, vibrant hues.
Dulux paint say “as life moves into the fast lane, the desire to slow down and shift gears takes over” – reflecting their subtle pastel colours in 2018.
Ideal Home is going for rich pigments saying “grey may still be the natural of choice, but colour is set to be bolder this year”.
Aquamarine – March’s Gemstone
The stone believed to protect sailors. Folklore also says that aquamarine protects against gossip, but will pick up spirits. It is an excellent stone for meditation, bringing great peace and serenity. Use it for your spring jewellery designs.
Aquamarine is the treasure of mermaids, and those legends have it that for aquamarine to be truly powerful, it must be immersed in sea water and bathed in sunlight. The gemstone is also supposed to have powers that reach to land too, helping married couples solve their problems and drive off evil.
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 gives peace while protecting the aura.
Colour ranges from a very light turquoise blue to a bluish green. Darker blue colours are the best with greener being less valuable. Check the clarity of the stone. Because aquamarine has a light pastel colour, it is important that it be free of flaws or inclusions.
Examine the cut and check light reflects evenly off the surface of the gem and that there are no scratches. Look at the stone from several different angles to be sure. 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.
Make a bright and matching spring necklace, bracelet & earrings. Green is this years colour – so choose lots of green beads to use in your designs.
Chalcedony – A Graceful Stone for Spring Jewellery
Try 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.
What is chalcedony?
Its name is said to come from an ancient Greek town called Chalkedon, now in Turkey.
It is a fine-grained variety of quartz with a waxy luster and microscopic compressed crystals. Because of this structure, chalcedony is usually semi-opaque – which creates a soft glow as the light diffuses through the stone, ideal for graceful jewellery.
The Romans made seals from chalcedony, and the stone has been carved into ornaments for thousands of years. And in the past its heavenly blue colour explains why it had been called Mecca stone and St Stephen’s stone.
Chalcedony 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.
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 is a feminine stone, full of yin energy. Said to balance the emotions, bring stamina, and promote kindness. Also believed to be good for love as it lowers anger, depression and melancholy.
The gemstone absorbs negative energy and promotes a feeling of enthusiasm. It’s also believed to lower blood pressure with its anti-inflammatory properties and heal the lungs, so good for smokers.
Because there is so much chalcedony in many countries, it has been carved into arrowheads, tools, knives, cups and bowls for tens-of-thousands of years. Years ago sailors wore it as a talisman, and it is the birthstone for those born under the star sign of Sagittarius.
The best chalcedony is mined in Chalcedony are from India and Madagascar, but it can also be found natural all over the US, plus in Burma, Brazil and Mexico.
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