Bead Fairs, Moonstone & Frame Beads 

25th April 2021

Bead Fairs BackSmall bead fairs are back! Everyone is very keen to visit, so get ready, plan, and stay longer!

Our first show is Norwich Bead Fair on Sunday 23rd May 2021. Last week less than 1 in every 10,000 people had covid in Norwich, but we’ll still be taking precautions. 

So far there’s just 11 Gem n Bead Fairs confirmed, starting in July. We’ll exhibiting at 8 of these, plus about 10 of our own fairs – and Big Bead, scheduled for Saturday 16th October. See bookings so far at Beads Fairs 2021. More shows to be listed soon.

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There’s No Business Like Show Business
Norwich Bead Fair March 2020Bead shows are fun – everyone has a great time. But they can also be treacherous territory for first timers, compulsive shoppers, and anyone who’s a little unfit!

Nigel at Cornish Bead FairAlthough usually very busy, bead fairs in 2021 will have a limit to how many allowed in the hall at once, and practice social distancing for your safety.

What Can I Expect?
Harrogate Bead FairIf you’ve never been to a bead fair before, you’re in for a treat!

Most fairs are made up of small varied exhibitors. Selling loose and string beads, one-of-a-kind jewellery, antique – and other speciality items like bead books, storage boxes, and accessories. There’s usually a small entrance fee, reduced or free for toddlers.

Bureges Hall Gem n Bead Fair 2019Inside are rows of bead vendors sitting behind tables. Some of the larger exhibitors have a huge presence – but don’t miss out on the little sellers with handmade items you won’t find elsewhere. You’ll be overwhelmed at the variety of things to buy, so walk round first.

Types Of Bead Fairs
Big Bead Show - October 2019The largest bead fair in the UK is The Big Bead Show at Sandown Park twice a year. With over 80 different exhibitors, just off the M25 in Surrey. Arrive early and stay late as it gets very crowded!

Harrogate Gem n Bead FairThen there are about 30 Gem n Bead Fairs a year: consisting of a mixture of beads, jewellery, and mineral exhibitors. Held for two-days on weekends all over the country, typically at house-racing venues. There’s a small fee for entry, that usually covers both days.

Scottish Bead FairThere’s also numerous, smaller, bead-only fairs all over the country. Most have a small entry fee and offer refreshments and tables to chat with other visitors.

Cornish Bead FairWe also organize our own bead fairs from Scotland to Cornwall, including London and the Home Counties. These are more relaxing experiences, with free entry and free refreshments.

If you’re spending hundreds of pounds – always ask for a discount. Wholesale and retail bead fairs are combined in the UK, so anyone can buy wholesale. Unlike the US, where you need the right credentials to get into wholesale shows with really big bead importers.

Organise Your Visit
Bead BuyingExpect a lot of walking – you’ll need all the your energy. Take a trolley to carry everything, as beads get very heavy. A pen and paper is also useful to make a note of the stall or type of beads available.

Always walk round before buying, making a note of prices. Some buyers like to bring some of their own beads to match colours and shapes. However, there’s an infinite variety, so be flexible.

Take Cash
Bead MoneyIn 2021, almost all exhibitors have a card machine. However, there can be a problem at some venues with the internet/phone signal (this is the UK!). So best to bring some cash too. The larger venues have ATM machines, but don’t count on it.

If you’re a compulsive shopper, set a budget, review your stash and make a list of things you need before you go. This prevents getting home to find you’ve spent good money on something you already have.

Chat, Chat & Chat Again
Beads Up NorthTalk to the vendors to educate yourself – and talk with other visitors to get new design ideas. It’ll help you make better choices, curbing your natural tendency to buy on impulse.

Don’t Throw Anything Away
Business CardsKeep exhibitors’ business cards and leaflets together in one bag so they don’t get lost. Or after buying, keep in the bag with the purchase, so you know what the beads cost. Better still, use a felt pen to write the price directly on the bag, so it won’t get lost.

Other Benefits
Beads Up North 2019The larger shows offer beading classes. These workshops are great to learn techniques and projects you might not encounter in your home town. Bead fairs are also good to stock up on bead books, threads, boxes, and other bead accessories which are hard to find elsewhere.

Beads Up North, Haydock Racecourse just confirmed back on for Sunday 3rd October 2021.

Our shows booked so far (more to follow soon): Bead Fairs 2021

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 stone 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.

Opalite MoonstoneMoonstone 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.

Moonstone NecklaceIn 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.

Moonstone BraceletAlso 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
Moonstone PendantClassical 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.

Moonstone BeadsAgainst 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 45 different opalite moonstones – to see at Moonstone Beads

Frame Beads

Frame BeadsFrame beads are a great way to sex-up your jewellery. So called because they resemble a spectacle frame. Frame beads can be used to centerpiece a necklace, as an earring, or several small frames can be added together.

Frame BeadsSome frames look like baby bangles, but all are drilled ready to thread, and most are very large, ideal for a modern design.

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