May 2018

Frosted Matte Beads, Moonstone For May & Calsilica

28th April 2018

See us tomorrow Sunday 29th April at Beads Up North!, Haydock Racecourse, Newton-Le-Willows WA12 0HQ. The ever-popular bead festival by Gordon Halfpenny.

New BeadsWe have many new beads on show from a 30-box 600 kg shipment just arrived in the UK.

Say you’re a MrBead Newsletter reader for a free gift!   We’re at over 30 shows this year, all with a bigger display: All our 2018 Bead Fairs.

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Amazing Rainbow Calsilica Beads
Spring Bead Fairs
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Frosted Matte Beads Are The Latest Style

Matte BeadsMatte, or frosted beads, have been popular in the US for a while, now the trend has reached the UK.

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.

Beads are matted the same way nature frosts stones or glass on the sea shore: by weathering.

matting machinematte beadsMrBead has loads of matte. Most we buy already frosted, but MiMi has creatively started matting shiny beads. She mixes 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.

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

Many frosted online at our new category Matte Beads –  but to see our full range of matte beads, visit us at a bead fair new you soon: MrBead Shows 2018.

Magical Moonstone: May’s Gemstone

Moonstone is nature’s treasure with a sensuous and seductive charm. Its characteristic feature is its magical play of light. The strone is translucent, and softens the light shining through it to give a pearly moon-like glow which appears different whenever the stone changes position.


Years ago, it was thought to be brought upon by the moon’s phases. This shimmering affect is caused by light being refracted inside the stone.

Moonstone comes in colourless, white, grey, and subtle yellow, but always has a blue or white sheen. Rainbow moonstone is colourless with a blue sheen and a rainbow-like array of colours.

Moonstone folklore
Much mystery surrounds this stone. In India it’s considered sacred to lovers, and is also known as a “dream stone” bringing beautiful dreams.

In Arab countries women sew moonstone into their garment as a symbol of fertility. It was also believed to be protective to seafarers, who have used it since ancient times. During full-moon, moonstone is very powerful for reconciling love – and as the moon decreases, is said to allow one to foretell the future.

A feminine stone for female issues and the inner-child, but also used by men who want to reach their feminine side. Moonstone brings confidence, calms the emotions, and aids spirituality, intuition, and clairvoyance.

Also thought to protect against fever, fluid-retention and urinary problems. Its soft shine supports the emotional and dreamy side of a person. Wearing moonstone will also increase your sensitivity for others.

Natural moonstone
Classical moonstone from Sri Lanka shimmers pale blue and is expensive. Moonstone from India has a cloud-like plays of light on beige, brown or green, backgrounds – and some have a cat’s eye or a multi-rayed star.

Uncut moonstone is dull and lacks the play of light. This is brought out by the cutter’s skills, who must locate the stone’s axis. Classical moonstones are always cut as cabochons.

The more intense the colour, size and transparency, the more valuable is the gem. Top quality fine blue moonstone shows an incredible “three-dimensional” depth of colour, which you will see clearly only when tilting. These are rare and expensive. Brighter coloured Indian moonstone is cheaper, so is opalite moonstone.

Opalite moonstone
Opalite moonstone is most common today. This is a synthetic stone with even more blue shimmer than genuine moonstone, that’s only been around recently.

Against a light background, it appears milky white, shimmering golden faint lilac-blue and other colours. Against a darker background, it changes to a bright icy blue with the highlights altering to intense oranges and reds. The stone practically glows on its own, and demands attention by outshining all around.

Opalite moonstone adds a romantic feminine allure to your jewellery, always looking refreshingly cool – ideal for summer. Its pastel glow is soft and captivating, complimenting other light-coloured stones like lilac amethyst, blue chalcedony, and rose quartz.

Moonstone Beads It also loves to compete with wild bright colours like reds and turquoise. This flamboyance makes opalite ideal to wear during a night out on the town.

Looking after moonstone
All moonstone is fragile and should be handled carefully. However, a jeweller can polish a dulled moonstone back to its original glory.

We have over 48 different opalite moonstones – to see all click or

Amazing Rainbow Calsilica Beads

Calsilica BeadsCalsilica’s mysterious eye-catching, vivid and varied colours, capture the imagination of jewellery designers.

Calsilica BeadsEach of these new stones is unique in its configuration of colour. Because of this, many gem dealers speculate whether it occurs naturally or is man-made.

Calsilica BeadsSome say rainbow calsilica is imported from Mexico in slabs. However, the plastic-like material with randomly coloured bands – is pulverized carbonate rock, artificially colored with pigments and then stabilized with a polymer.

Calsilica BeadsThe stone’s dramatic variation in colour with its short history attracts attention everywhere. Lots of bright colours are great in summer jewellery, bringing bundles of energy to the wearer. This beautiful material deserves at least the same respect as much-more expensive natural gemstones.

Calsilica BeadsCalsilica BeadsSome are striped with incredible multi-colours and others have black & white zebra stripes. Every single calsilica bead is different! Buy now, as supply is limited and we can’t get more of most of these beads.

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Spring Bead Fairs

  • Sun 29th April – Beads Up North! Haydock Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows WA12 0HQ – Details here
  • Sat & Sun 12th-13th May – Bath & West Gem ‘n’ Bead Fair, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet BA4 6QN – Details here.
  • Sun 20th May – Devon Bead Fair, Exeter Castle, Castle Street, Exeter, EC4 3PU – Details here.
  • Sat & Sun 2nd-3rd June – Kempton Park Gem ‘n’ Bead Fair, Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, London TW16 5AQ – Details here.
  • Sat & Sun 9th-10th June – Gem ‘n’ Bead Fair in Cambridgeshire at Wood Green Animal Sanctuary, King’s Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester PE29 2NH – Details here.
  • Sun 17th June – Cornish MrBead Show, Probus Village Hall, 2 Barn Court, The Bank, Probus TR2 4JU – Details here.

Rest of bead fairs and full 2018 Bead Fair List

Exhibit at a MrBead Show
We have limited space available for crafters at some of our own bead shows:
At Berwick Upon Tweed on 18th August. Details at
In Cornwall on 17th June & 2nd September at June Cornish Bead Fair or  September Cornish Bead Fair.
In Scotland at Perth on 19th August at 
We also need help at this one, if you’re interested email Nigel – payment for the day in cash or £150 worth of beads.
Or our Essex Bead Show on Sunday 24th September at

We market for beaders making  jewellery, rather than selling ready-made jewellery – so to attract your customers, you may need to market yourself. If interested, email Nigel at

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