Year of the Dragon, Valentine's Day and Amethyst BeadsKung Hei Fat Choy - Happy New Year!
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Chinese New Year
MrBead is based in Hong Kong, where the main annual holiday is Chinese New Year. Called "Spring Festival" in Mainland China. Lion dancers and carnivals take to the streets and fireworks to the skies.
In Mainland China many people work inside large prosperous cities in the South East, a long way from their poor native village homes. Over Spring Festival hundreds-of-millions commute back to their village to be with the family. It's always a big strain on the railway and airways, and often made worse by severe snow cutting off power lines and runways!
Year of the Dragon – 2012
The Year of the Water Dragon began on 23rd January 2012. The dragon is a lucky sign, the fifth of the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac. The Chinese dragon is a much more loving creature than the Western dragon – blessed with supernatural power, fortune, and understanding.
Eastern philosophy regards the dragon
positively, the supreme beast, fearless, wise and master over all - the dragon
represented the emperor. People born under this sign gain power and respect,
which is why it is the most popular Chinese zodiac sign attracting an increased
birth rate in oriental countries.
Dragon years usually bring large happenings, either good or bad - an abundance of yang energy. However, they are positive for finance, and the water dragon acts more considerately then his fellow dragons. This means the usual dragon disasters will be less likely. The dragon’s obstinate ego will bring power and bold ambition to 2012, making it a good time to start a business or get married. Dragons like to spend money.
and Worst Month’s
Best months in this dragon year are: January, February, July, August and November – and the worst are will be September and December. Generally, people who take chances and are ambitious will benefit in a Dragon Year.
People born in the Year of the Dragon are extrovert, brave, quick-tempered, generous, honest and passionate. They prefer being on their own and doing things independently. Their excellent entrepreneurial skills make them successful businesspeople, as well as good inventors, lawyers and salespersons. Dragon’s energy, competitiveness and determination usually allow them to achieve near the top of their profession.
Dragons have a deep sincere heart and will give in to love despite their independence, but a thick-skin is needed in their partner to take their quick temper. The best relationships are with either a monkey or a rat – the least compatible being the ox or goat.
If you were born in any of these years, then you are a Dragon: 1916 * 1928 * 1940 * 1952 * 1964 * 1976 * 1988 * 2000 * 2012
Famous Dragon People
Bruce Lee, Julius Caesar, John Lennon, Joan of Arc, Florence Nightingale, Sigmund Freud, Martin Luther King Jr, Mae West, Colin Farrell, Bob Monkhouse
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Valentine’s Day is the first of the seasonal celebrations.
There are lot of gifts you can make for Valentine’s Day
Make anything personal, using heart beads, and red and pink pastel colors.
For our heart shaped
The Royal Purple Pope Stone
What is Amethyst?
Amethyst is the gemstone for February, and for those born under the zodiac of Pisces. Amethyst is known as the Royal Purple Pope Stone, the purple variety of quartz. If it wasn't so abundant, amethyst would be very expensive. Its name comes from the Greek, meaning not drunken. Perhaps due to a belief that amethyst would sober the effects of alcohol.
Amethyst is always purple, but comes in shades of pale lilac to deep purple. Deeper colors are more valuable - milky amethyst is the cheapest. Amethyst is mined in South American, but the best in Africa. Very dark amethyst, mostly in small sizes, also comes from Australia.
According to Greek mythology, Dionysus, the God of Intoxication was angered by an insult from a mere mortal and swore revenge on the next mortal that crossed his path, creating fierce tigers to carry out his wish. Along came unsuspecting Amethyst, a beautiful young maiden on her way to pay tribute to the goddess Diana. Diana turned Amethyst into a statue of pure crystalline quartz to protect her from the brutal claws. Dionysus wept tears of wine in remorse for his action at the sight of the beautiful statue. The god's tears stained the quartz purple, creating the gem we know today!
The Church & Crown
Purple has long been considered a royal color, featured in the British Crown Jewels and a favorite of ancient Egyptian royalty. Leonardo Da Vinci wrote that "amethyst could dissipate evil thoughts and accelerate intelligence".
Because amethyst was believed to encourage celibacy and symbolize piety, it was very important in the ornamentation of churches in the middle ages. Amethyst is still the stone of bishops' who often wear amethyst rings. Even in Tibet, amethyst is considered sacred to the Buddha.
Amethyst's sobering and calming qualities is why it's considered to have the power to purify and bring peace. It's also believed to boost lower energies higher, and heal at all levels of mind, body and spirit. Amethyst is especially useful to calm overworked minds as it brings mental strength, stability, and vigor, and reduces negativity.
Amethyst also supports all that is
transitional. Especially death and rebirth - providing peace of mind when a
loved one is lost. As an elixir, amethyst can help toothache, bone and joint
discomforts and problems with the stomach and digestion. It has also been known
taken for blood disease and balance blood sugar.
In yoga, amethyst aids the 6th Chakra, the Third Eye, center of the body's spiritual power. Because amethyst heightens awareness, both spiritual and psychic - increasing intuition and psychic development and transition from a normal state of consciousness to a deeper awareness.
Amethyst Jewelry Design
Amethyst jewelry sells well because it has never gone out of fashion. In fact new-agers have made it more popular than ever. It's dark royal color oozes style. Amethyst goes well with silver, clear crystal and other subtle colors. If you make hand-crafted jewelry; design matching necklaces, bracelets, and earrings to offer more choice to your customers. Don't overpower your design with too much of the gemstone - add lots of silver spacers and findings to balance.
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How to make an Amethyst Necklace
These are the steps of MiMi making an amethyst necklace
using our amethyst nuggets and fancy drop beads (numbers are as pictures).
Note the crystal rondell beads and gold stardust used as spacers.
1) Get all materials ready: nylon wire, crimping beads & 5mm stardust gold spacers, crystal rondell beads, crimping pliers, wire cutter,
catches, all beads.
2) Slide 2mm crimp bead onto wire and insert wire into eye on clasp
3) Loop and connect crimp bead.
4 & 5) Crimp attached to eye on clasp, and squeezing crimp bead closed.
6 & 7) Thread the beads into the wire.
8) Repeat steps 2 to 5 to secure the other end of the necklace.
9) Cutting off excess wire
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