mid-october 2019

Halloween, Autumn Beads & Mr & Mrs Bead’s Holiday

12th October 2019

Norwich Bead Show: October 2018See us tomorrow, Sunday 13th October at Norwich Bead Fair, The George Best Western Hotel, Arlington Lane, Norwich NR2 2DA.

Free Entry, free gifts, & free refreshments! – 11am to 4pm. Also see original deigned jewellery by The Bead Queen.

Then the following Saturday at The Big Bead Show, Sandown Park, Esher, London KT10 9AJ. This is the largest bead-only fair in the UK with thousands of vistors – not to be missed! We’re at stand 6, same location as in the Spring.

See our 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.

Spooky Halloween Beads
Mr & Mrs Bead’s Italian Holiday
Autumn Beads
Gems For The Fall
Autumn Bead Fairs
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Spooky Halloween Beads

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Skull jewellery is once again popular. Especially with the young, who wear skull rings on their fingers and hang skull pendants on their bags. The media adds to the craze with many celebratory discreetly showing skulls.

Skull BeadsSkull jewellery at one time was only for Buddhists. Skulls have a negative context in Western culture, but to Buddhists they remind them to focus on reaching Nevada. The ultimate rebirth, when one finally escapes the suffering of terrestrial life – the final goal of their cycles of death and rebirth. Seeing skulls prevent Buddhists from wasting time building their ego or wealth, which is useless after death.

Skull BeadsModern gothic culture has some similarities to Buddhist. Goths like to highlight suffering, so as to contrast from living and create an optimistic outlook. This similarity is rather like the oriental concept of yin and yang – opposite and constant flowing forces. Increase yin, and yang with decrease, and vice versa. Likewise, draw attention to death, and life brightens.

Why wear skulls?
Skull BeadsTo others, skulls remind that we all have to die. Skulls show that life is not permanent and are a symbol that we are all flirting with death.

In this context they represent a quest to survive, a reminder to be careful. For the same reason hot-rodders’ hang a furry dice inside their cars’ representing danger.

Rock Stars
Skull BraceletIn the world of rock music, skulls have always been worn. Every rocker sports a white metal skull ring, or a skull bracelet or necklace. Keith Richards has worn a skull ring since the early seventies. Ozzy Osbourne and Axel Rose would never be seen without skull jewellery. To them skulls don’t just represent a fling with death, but a symbol of survival.

Some link the skull image to rebellion, like pirates fly the skull and cross bones. Outlaws to society want to show they live by their own values, and will not be forced into a way of thought by others who have an alternate and often immoral motive.

Skull beads are ideal for Halloween, and students have been hanging them on their rucksacks all year. Skulls remind that we all have to die. Skulls show that life is not permanent and are a symbol that we are all flirting with death. See our many skull beads at MrBead.co.uk or MrBead.com

Orange & Black Beads

halloweenWith Halloween just around the corner, we thought it fun to look at orange and black gemstone beads. You can’t celebrate Halloween without using these in your jewellery.

They are also great to wear during autumn since orange matches the beautiful fall leaves, and black is a classy tone that will compliment every colour. The classic gemstones in these colours are orange carnelian and black onyx.

Carnelian gets the brilliant orange colour from iron oxide, and black onyx is usually made by treating chalcedony or agate with a sugar solution and then carbonizing it with heated sulfuric acid.

Colour enhancements for these stones are so common that majority of carnelians and onyx sold today are enhanced agate. However, this makes the stones available in larger sizes and at more affordable prices.Carnelian Beads

Other stones in these colours are fire opals, pearls, and orange aventurines for sunset tones – and obsidian or jet for black beads. It may also be fun to combine copper findings with onyx beads if you want a classy jewellery that you can wear year- round but would still have a hint of Halloween.Carnelian BeadsOnyx Beads

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Mr & Mrs Bead’s Italian Holiday

Sandwiched between our Cornish and London Kilburn Bead Fairs, MiMi and I slipped away for a week in Southern Italy.

From Stanstead we spent 3-nights in Rome, train to Naples (only £13 each). Then we hired a small car for Pompei, a night in the hills around Angerola, and from Amalfi along the coast to Sorrento. And back from Naples to Stanstead just in time to get ready for the London Kilburn Bead Fair.

Naples Wedding Italian Bead Shop Pictures’ are a Naples wedding and a bead shop in Sorento.

Highlight of the trip was in Amalfi, as photo, where the €4 an hour car park has so little space, passengers have to exit the car before it enters.

The hardest part was MiMi’s Schengen visa. She used to get a year, but lately they only give her 3-months and fingerprinting is only in the mornings hundreds of miles away. London was booked for weeks, so we had to go to Manchester.

I also wasted €50 filling the car up at a self-service station. I pre-authorized my card, but couldn’t work out how to get the petrol flowing. Despite pressing ‘cancel’, the next customer got lucky!

However, I’ve noticed the more I travel, the more I achieve.  See my previous article Holidays Increase Production!  Everyone should travel more.

Autumn Jewellery

Autumn BraceletAutumn Jewellery SetWhen the nights darken, make some classy seasonal jewellery. Amber is ideal for this time of year, along with all types of brown, dark greens, gold, and misty yellow.

Autumn PearlsPearls, nature’s treasure from the deep, can be very effective mixed with other beads – especially as they come in autumn colours too. Let fabulous colours with a touch of gold capture your imagination as well as your eye.

Try mixing contrasting colours like brown and gold with blues and green. Some of the most popular gemstones that make fabulous autumn jewellery are listed below.

Gems For the Fall

To see any of these gemstones in our UK store, just click the picture.

Agate is the obvious stone for autumn jewellery. It forms by filling a cavity in its host rock, resulting in round nodules, with bands like the rings of a tree trunk, looking like eyes.

Agate was highly valued as a talisman in ancient times and has been used as a traveler’s amulet for centuries.

It’s believed to bring fortune, health, wealth and long life. Some call its strange patterns ‘cosmic caterpillar tracks’. Others’ swear that wearing these beads can heighten the spiritual consciousness and balance the body’s physical and mental states.

Another stone from the quartz family, usually bright orange to reddish orange. Carnelian is for confidence and is in tune with the energies of the Earth. Making you feel anchored and comfortable with your environment.

A good stone for people starting new projects or who feel they are going nowhere. It motivates, allowing you to find the energy to make the most out of life. Said to help blood disorders and eliminate toxins from the body.

”Citrine” comes from the French word for lemon, and is any quartz crystal or cluster that’s yellow to orange. The darker, orange colours were traditionally the best, but today people prefer bright lemony shades to mix with pastel colours.

Sunny citrine brightens all jewellery, blending especially well with the yellow gleam of polished gold. The yellow colour is a natural reviver, and citrine focuses the mind bringing a feeling of self-esteem.

Coral BeadsCoral was thought to be a strong talisman against evil spirits and hurricanes. It is also said to reduce blood flow.

Naturally its colour ranges from white to red, but most red coral these days is dyed. It grows in branches that look like underwater trees.

Flake Stone
The most common flaked stone is goldstone: ideal for autumn jewellery. Man-made, first created by alchemists trying to create gold.

However, all material has properties, these are transmitter stones. Causing light to pass through you in order to convey or receive a medium. Revitalizing, energizing, and encouraging a positive attitude and individualism.

For 5,000 years Imperial China used the word “jade” as something precious. Because jade is said to have all the attributes most valued in society. A symbol of purity and serenity, it is delicate, but will not break – is beautiful, but not impermanent, it can be flawed with lines, but still pleasing.

It is believed to radiate divine unconditional love and balance the emotions. The most famous type of jade carved in China is from Burma, with shades of green, lavender, yellow, white and grey.

Jasper BeadsJasper was highly valued in ancient times, not only for its beauty, but also for its magical and medicinal properties. Jasper is known as the “patron stone of counselors and healers”.

Red jasper is an intensely protective stone, stabilizing the aura and bringing contentment. Poppy jasper is dark red with black flecks. Picture jasper is pale brown with darker patterns – named from pictures formed by patterns caused by trapped fossilizes algae. Fancy jasper is creamy brown with lavender or green swirls.

Lapis Lazuli
Lapis BeadsThis gemstone is straight out of fairy tales of the Arabian Nights: deepest blue with golden shining Pyrite inclusions which twinkle like little stars. Through the ages, lapis has been associated with power, wisdom, and love.

The twinkling inclusions are not gold but pyrite, caused by iron. The blue colour comes from the sulfuric content of lazurite. For many people lapis is a stone of truth and friendship. A powerful gemstone that should not be worn by those who lack strength of character.

Malachite & Rhodonite
Large Exotic Fire-Red Rhodonite Rondelle BeadsMalachite is green with irregular black banding. Its stripes have the ability to soothe and bring rest – helping sleep, meditation, circulation and balancing emotions. Copper content helps rheumatism.

The magic of malachite is also thought to attract love and wealth. Some say malachite travels the world in search of energies to change.

Rhodonite is usually pink to red or orange, very popular in 18th-century Russia where it was used extensively to decorate the Russian court. Rhodonite has similar properties to malachite.


The least expensive cultured pearls today rival the most expensive natural pearls ever found.

Natural freshwater pearls occur in mussels for the same reason saltwater pearls occur in oysters. Foreign material inside a mussel can’t be expelled. To reduce irritation, the mollusk coats the intruder with the same secretion it uses for shell-building, nacre. To cultivate a pearl, farmers’ slit the mussel and insert small pieces of live tissue from another mussel.

Freshwater pearls are popular for their colours: white, silvery-white, pink, red, copper, brown, lavender, purple, green, blue, and yellow. These are usually dyed these days.

Tiger Eye
Tiger's EyeTiger’s-eye is polished to show its characteristic band of pearly luminescence, resulting from light reflecting off its thin parallel inclusions in the quartz. Colours range from a rich golden yellow to dark brown. Tiger’s-Eye is good for those worried about health. It also builds will-power and inner-strength.

Click the picture for more details of each stone inside our bead shop.

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15% off all orders with no minimum. Key SKULL at checkout now, as offer ends Friday 18th October. Use at MrBead.co.uk or MrBead.com, but can’t be used with any other discount.

Autumn Bead Fairs

  • Sunday 13th Oct: Norwich Bead Fair, The George Best Western Hotel, Arlington Lane, Newmarket Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 2DA. Full details here.
  • Saturday 19th Oct: The Big Bead Show, Sandown Park, High Street, Esher, London KT10 9AJ. Full details here.
  • Sat & Sun 26th-27th October: Newton Abbott Gem n Bead Fair, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot Racecourse, Devon TQ12 3AF
  • Sunday 3rd November: Cheshire Bead Fair, Market Place, Nantwich CW5 5DG. Full details here.
  • Sat & Sun 9th-10th November: Kempton Park Gem n Bead Fair, Kempton Park Racecourse, London TW16 5AQ
  • Sat & Sun 16th-17th November: Brighton Gem n Bead Fair, Brighton Racecourse, Brighton BN2 9XZ.
  • Sat & Sun 30th Nov – 1st Dec, New Date: Burges Hall Gem n Bead Fair, One Leisure, Westwood Rd, St Ives, Cambs PE27 6WU

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

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