Measuring & New Beads, Plus Opal For October
29th September 2018
See us tomorrow Sunday 30th Sept at Beads Up North! Haydock Park Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows WA12 0HQ. Full details here.
Then Sunday 14th October at Norwich Bead Show, The George Hotel, Arlington Lane, Newmarket Road, Norwich NR2 2DA.
Be among the first to get you’re hands on the very latest beads just arrived in Felixstowe last week.
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Our New Beads
Opal For October
Autumn Bead Fairs
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Our New Beads
Only a week ago we collected 24 boxes of over 600 kms of new beads we brought in the Far East in July.
Some of these new beads are already listed in the MrBead online store, but you can see many more at one of our bead fairs.
Some beaders’ tell me they have shed loads of beads already. But we find new sell.
We can mix our show display, and visitors will always pull out the latest. So if new sells for us: it’ll sell for you too – you need new!
Consumers like the latest products to show how up-to-date they are and aware of fashion trend and change.
YOU need fresh stock!
Pictures show our latest beads pulled at random.
I sometimes receive letters telling me our 8mm beads are not 8mm. Some people say our 4mm beads look bigger on the picture! Others insist we’ve sent them the wrong size of pearls because most are smaller than we say.
However, you can’t tell the size of beads from photographs, and some new beaders are not familiar with the sizes.
Size of beads can either be exact or approximate depending on the type of bead. Simple round bead sizes should be exact: 4mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm etc. But chip beads, being naturally all different sizes, will not be exactly the size quoted in the sale – some will be longer, but most will be shorter.
Bead sellers usually quote the largest size in the strand, this is especially true with natural pearls. Under 25% of the pearls in a strand may be the full size quoted.
Nuggets, again being natural, will all be different to an average size listed in the sale. Strands of beads are usually 16-inches (400mm) long. Although pearls are normally sold in 15-inch strands and chips in 32-inch strands.
A Choker necklace is 16-inches long, a Princess necklace 18-inches, a Matinee necklace 24-inches, Opera necklace 32-inches, and a Mala necklace of 108-beads can be of any length! A bracelet is usually 7-inches and an anklet 9-inches.
Opal For October
What Is Opal?
All of Natures fury can be seen in fine opal. Like a Rembrandt: fire, lightning, all the colours of the rainbow and the shine of far seas.
Australia supplies about 95% of the worlds opal from the outback. Aborigines there believe their creator came down to Earth on a rainbow to bring the message of peace to all humans. And at the spot where his foot touched the ground, opal was born.
The name Opal could have came from many places. In Greek Opallios translates as colour change, and to the ancient Romans Opalus was a stone from several elements. Pliny, a Roman author, wrote that opal combines the sparkle of Almandine, the shining purple of Amethyst, the golden yellow of Topaz, and the deep blue of Sapphire.
Types of Opal
Fine opals shine and sparkle in a continually changing play of colours called Opalising. Depending on the rock and location they have names like Harlequin, Peacock, Mexican, and Fire Opal. Most opal has this play of colours except Common Opal, a name give to all others, like Pink Opal.
As demand outstrips supply, fine opalizing opal is very very expensive, so is sold in individual beads for hundreds of US dollars each. Therefore, the type of opal common in necklaces is non-opalizing opal – usually pink opal from Peru (more below).
Opals fantasy-like play of colour is caused by small spheres of silica creating interference and refraction manifestations. The spheres, which are arranged in compact structures, dissect light through the gemstone, turning it into the rainbow effect, always new and different.
Peruvian Opal comes in faint pink, light blue and light mint-green tones. From the Andes Mountains near San Patricio, Peru, just like the name implies.
Although native South Americans have been using the stone for more than a thousand years, it only became widely available commercially within the last decade or so. It is usually translucent to opaque with no play of colour and often has lots of black and tan dendrites.
Most Peruvian Opal beads are semi-opaque to opaque. Peruvian opals metaphysical properties are similar to other opals. Helping to intensify your traits and characteristics and deepening your personal understanding. Peruvian Opal in particular is used to activate the heart charka and to assist you during spiritual journeys.
How to Value Opal
The most important criterion for determining the price of fine opal is the play of colour, the colours themselves and their pattern. If red appears when looking through the stone, all the other colours will also.
Value also depends on body colour, transparency, and original location. Body colour can be black, dark or light, or coloured. Black Opal or a dark grey body has the most brilliant play of colour. Black Opal from Lightning Ridge or Mexican Fire Opal is the best.
Crystal opal, is the next best, and should be more transparent with a deep play of colour. White or milky opals show more diffuse colour and are the cheapest.
To best bring out the play of colour in a fine opal, the stones are cut and polished to round or oval cabochons, or any other softly domed shape. Only the best qualities of Fire Opal are suited to faceting. The opal cutter removes any impurities using a diamond cutting wheel, before working out the rough basic shape, fine cutting, and finishing with sandpaper and polishing with a wet leather wheel.
How does Opal Effect You?
Opal is thought to solve depression and to help its wearer find true love. Opals are supposed to enhance the positive characteristics for people born under the sign of Cancer. With Black Opal recommended to Scorpios and Boulder Opal for Aries.
The opalizing effect reflects changing emotions and moods of people. People prefer different opals for different moods. Opals are like human emotions: each type creates different feelings.
Looking after Opal
Due to 2 to 6% water, opals easily become brittle and if stored too dry or exposed to heat over a longer period of time, they will show fissures and the play of colour will fade. Therefore, Opal jewellery should be worn as often as possible, for then the gemstone will receive the needed humidity from the air and from the skin of its wearer. In earlier days opals sensitive surface was oiled, but today they are sealed with clear resin.
To buy our Peruvian Opal Nugget Beads click MrBead or MrBead.co.uk
Autumn Bead Fairs
Rest of bead fairs and full 2018 Bead Fair List
- Sunday 30th September – Beads Up North! Haydock Park Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows WA12 0HQ. Full details here.
- Sunday 14th October – Norwich MrBead Bead Show – Arlington Lane, Newmarket Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 2DA. Full details here.
- Saturday 20th October – The Big Bead Show, Sandown Park, Esher, London KT10 9AJ. Full details here.
- Sat & Sun 27th-28th October – Newton Abbot Gem n Bead Fair: Newton Abbot Racecourse, Kingsteignton TQ12 3AF. Full details here.
- Sunday 4th November – Cheshire Bead Fair, Nantwich Civic Hall, Market Place, Nantwich CW5 5DG. Full details here.
- Sat & Sun 10th-12th November – Kempton Park Gem n Bead Fair, Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, London TW16 5AQ. Full details here.
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