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4th September 2016  

Bead Fair Reports & September's Gemstones    

Visit us for a free gift: 2016 UK Bead Fairs.  See Us Sunday 11th Sept at Norwich

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Sapphire - September's Gemstone
Chalcedony - Alternate Gemstone

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UK Bead Fair Report - So Far 2016

11 Down: 9 To Go! 

Norwich - 17th April & 12th June
Elm Hill, NorwichNorwich cathedral
Our Norwich show is constantly busy with good repeat turnout. This part of the country has a lot of beaders who sell at village and coastal craft fairs.

Bure Cottage, Wroxham, NorfolkIf you have never visited the fine City of Norwich with two cathedrals, 900-year-old castle, cobbled lanes, and all the London shops - combine with seeing us next there on Sunday 11th September. Only 2-hours from London or South Yorkshire!

Stay in my riverside cottage, in the village of Wroxham, only 5-miles from Norwich. Tell me your a beader when booking, and I'll give you a voucher for £50 from the MrBead shop! For details, availability and prices go to Bure Cottage.

Beads Up North! Haydock – 24th April & 31st July
'ave a go tables at Beads Up North! July 2016Beads Up North 2016
Gordon always puts on a good show and gets them in. His ‘ave-a-go demonstrations of how to turn beads into saleable jewellery are especially popular (se picture).

Visit next year April and October, rather than the usual July when many are on holiday.

Kentish Town, London – 7th May
Kentish Town Bead Fair 2016Kentish TownOut best turnout here so far, with many arriving by tube or taxi, despite free parking nearby weekends. London is packed with beaders of all kinds: from hobby crafting to upmarket jewellery designs selling for hundreds-of-pounds each.

See us next at Kentish Town on Saturday 24th September. If you’re coming from outside of London, why not combine with a visit around Camdon Town Market or a narrow-boat ride along the Regent’s Cannel – only a mile from Kentish Town.

Shepton Mallet Gem ‘n Bead – 14th-15th May
New owners, Sam & Pete, do a great job organising the Gem ‘n’ Bead Fairs, with more beaders increasingly exhibiting, rather than rock sellers.  These 2-days shows are always a little quiet, but this fair at Bath & West Showground had good attendance on the Saturday.

Wetherby – 22nd May
This show was a little quiet, but we made a holiday out of it by staying an extra day in Bridlington to enjoy the cliffs at Framborough. 

Cheshire, Nantwich – 5th June
Cheshire Bead fair, Nantwich 2016
We always enjoy the Nantwich shows, which are constantly busy after running for many years. We’d love to do the November one too, but need to be in Hong Kong for a month to Mid-December to pack a container of beads to Norwich.

Kempton Park, London Gem ‘n’ Bead – 6th-7th August
Usually in London we do very well, but this fair was quieter than usual – maybe many beaders were away on holiday. See us next at Kempton Park on 12th-13th November – our last show of the year.

Harrowgate Gem ‘n’ Bead – 13th-14th August
Harrowgate Gem 'n' Bead fair 2016
A beautiful venue at the Great Yorkshire Showground, and surprisingly it felt like there were more visitors than at Kempton.

St Mary's Lighthouse, Whitley BayHoly Island
After the show we stayed at Whitley Bay to visit St Mary’s Lighthouse in the morning. Then onto Berwick Upon Tweed, and a few days holiday in Scotland, ready for the Perth Show the following weekend.  For more what Mr & Mrs Bead got up to between Harrowgate and Perth, see my latest blog.

Perth – 21st August
Scottish Bead Fair, Perth 2016Scottish Bead Fair, Perth 2016
The best show for us so far this year! We were so busy; we never had time for a coffee or to eat, until 3pm. However, they don’t like those Scottish notes down South.

See below for 9 more bead fairs to go, but now we’re getting a van and moving all our beads to the UK at Christmas – in 2017. we’ll be doing a lot more shows.

MrBead Autumn UK Bead Fairs

Beading PresentVisit us next Sunday, 11th September, at Norwich, or latter in the UK. Say you're a MrBead Newsletter reader and receive a free gift and a gold & black MrBead bag!

Date Name Venue Address Time Details
Sunday 11th Sept Norwich MrBead Bead Show The George Hotel Arlington Lane, Newmarket Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 2DA 11am to 4pm Click
Sat & Sun 17th & 18th Sept Newark Gem 'n' Bead Fair Newark Showground Winthorpe, Notts NG24 2NY   10am to 5pm Sat 10am to 4pm Sun Click
Saturday 24th Sept Kentish Town MrBead Bead Show Kentish Town Community Centre Main Hall 17 Busby Place, London NW5 2SP 10am to 4pm Click
Saturday 1st October Luton MrBead Bead Show Stockwood Hotel 41-43 Stockwood Crescent, Luton LU1 3SS  11am to 4pm Click
Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th October Knitting & Stitching Show Alexandra Palace London N22 7AY 10.00am to 5.30pm
Except 7pm Thursday
Saturday 15th October The Big Bead Show Sandown Park Racecourse High Street, Esher, London KT10 9AJ 10am to 5pm Click
Sat & Sun 22nd & 23rd October Newton Abbot Gem 'n' Bead Fair Newton Abbot Racecourse Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 3AF 10am to 5pm Sat 10am to 4pm Sun Click
Sat & Sun 29th & 30th October Cheltenham Gem 'n' Bead Fair Pittville Pump Rooms, Pittville Park Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3JE 10am to 5pm Sat 10am to 4pm Sun Click
Sat & Sun 12th & 13th November Kempton Park Gem 'n' Bead Fair  Kempton Park Racecourse Staines Road East, London TW16 5AQ 10am to 5pm Sat 10am to 4pm Sun

Full list of: our 2016 UK Bead Fairs
See a video of some of our past bead fairs
Best Independent List of UK Bead Fairs

Sapphire: September's Gemstone 

Sapphire is the birthstone for September, and is chemically and structurally the same as ruby, an aluminum oxide. However, where rubies are only red, sapphires come in every color but red: blue, golden yellow, reddish-orange, or violet.

The most valuable sapphires have a vivid royal blue colour. Some sapphires do change their colors between blue and violet depending on the light. Sapphires are extremely durable, only diamonds are harder. Sapphires are generally cut into cushions, rounded rectangle or oval shapes.

However, fancy sapphires may be triangles, squares, marquises, pear shapes, cabochon cut, or smooth domes. Sapphire is the anniversary stone for the 5th and 45th years of marriage.


Dark blue and lilac sapphire is said to enhance ones creativity while guarding against distraction. It is also good for sexual relationships because it tends create deep bonding between people and brings loyalty.
Light blue sapphire is the inspiration stone. It helps to bring new thoughts and makes one feel excited and full.

Green sapphire brings a lucky sense to ones life for it allows things to run smoothly.

Orange works on a totally different level by not allowing you to deceive yourself. It makes you look at things in their basic form without distorting it to conform to what you want it to be. Brings true knowledge - a good stone for students, teachers, writers and researchers.

Pink sapphire allows one to surrender to another for the good of the all.

White sapphire helps you take care of yourself and to tend to your personal needs.

Yellow sapphire connects you to the total you with all of your inner knowledge. It also helps you to see what you do not know so you can look for an answer, rather than believing you already know the answer.

Sapphire's Expensive - Use Chalcedony instead for September!

Blue chalcedony can look similar to sapphire at a fraction of the cost. Although a very fine-grained variety of quartz with a waxy luster with a compact fibrous structure. 

Natural chalcedony is usually grayish blue and sometimes with hints of pink, however it can be color enhanced to light blue. It is said that chalcedony was used as a sacred stone by the Native Americas, promoting stability within the ceremonial activities of the tribe.

Chalcedony is thought to augment emotional balance, vitality, stamina, endurance, kindness, charity and friendliness. It also supposedly alleviates hostilities, irritability and melancholy.    

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Summer's Here!                     

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Summer sale - 20% Off From MrBead!
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