Christmas, Presents + Turquoise & Pearl Beads
We can deliver your Christmas present to anywhere in the world - just enter the mailing address in our checkout. However, please order early for Christmas - allow at least two-weeks to reach you. All orders after 16th December will be delayed.
Christmas in Hong Kong is a
mix of East and West, but being an ex-British colony (like the US!), Christian
culture predominates. It can be get as cold as 10 degrees C, but is always
sun and no rain. Mr & Mrs Bead will be going to the UK for the holiday.
Drink more and have a fun Christmas - there is more to life
We apologize for a problem developing Friday with our UK shop issuing a warning & not forwarding mail after an order. However, we do actually receive your order and payment OK and our host is working to fix this as soon as possible. The US store is not affected.
For our bead store click MrBead.com or MrBead.co.uk. Christmas present ideas here
Great Present Ideas
Turquoise – the birthstone for December
Turquoise & Pearl
Money off order before December 3rd
Beads make great presents. They are small and light, so being easily mailed or tucked in a stocking.. They are also personal, and a necklace or bracelet worn often is hard to forget who gave it. You can even hang them on the Christmas tree. Christmas is the peak retail season too, so don’t be left out if you’re a seller: Get Listing! It will pay to make as many quality necklaces and bracelets as you can – both to sell and to give away as Xmas gifts.
Turquoise is the gemstone for December, but pearls also make an ideal Christmas present, appreciated by all. Both gemstones have such an air of quality; all recipients will love you for ever. For quality, pearls and silver together, speak sophistication - a small bracelet may be all you need. Necklaces in a nice presentation box are nice too. A matching necklace and earring set is good as well. And all are easy to gift-wrap. If you buy ready made jewelry online, get your supplier to mail your present direct in December – saving you both time and money. To read our site telling you all about pearls and how to make a pearl necklace click here. to top
Christmas Present Ideas - Click a link for details:
|Pearl Necklace||Jade Bracelet||Bead Gift Voucher|
|Pearl Bracelet||Coral Bracelet||Mala Necklace|
|Pearl Necklace & Earrings||Agate Bracelet||Bead Book|
|Jade Necklace||Carnelain Bracelet||Large 11mm Black Pearls|
|Coral Necklace||Other Stone Bracelet||Mixed bag of Jade Beads|
|Turquoise Necklace||Jade Ring||Bead Measure|
|Turquoise Bracelet||Other Stone Ring||Bead Pliers|
Turquoise is the gemstone for December. Turquoise is a soft, opaque gemstone – formed by volcanic rock reacting to copper deposits brought by water. Ranging from blue-green, to yellow-green with grey, black or brown veining. Turquoise has been found in 5,000-year-old Egyptian tombs and the Tibetans used it as currency centuries ago. North Africa and the Middle East hold large deposits, but most turquoise today originates from Burma and is carved in China. Turquoise didn’t reach Europe until the crusades when the name originated, meaning "Turkish stone”.
Ancient doctors thought turquoise prevented injury in accidents and ground it into a powder to cure stomach disorders, internal bleeding, and insect bites. Turquoise has always been used to protect the wearer from danger, attract wealth, and warn as a talisman or good luck charm. Some believe it will fade when danger or illness is near, or a lover is unfaithful. It is also said to protect against pollution and strengthen the body.
Turquoise is porous, so contact with liquids, oils or even perspiration should be avoided. Jewelry should be removed before washing. Turquoise is commonly impregnated with plastic, colorless oil or wax to improve color and increase durability. Untreated turquoise will eventually turn green. As genuine turquoise is expensive, reconstituted turquoise is made today. Crafted from real turquoise chips fused with other stones to cut the cost.
There are many different turquoise in the store, see at: MrBead.com or MrBead.co.uk
Turquoise & Pearl
Turquoise and pearl go so well together, creating natural, expensive-looking, quality jewelry. Try using some of the simple ideas below to make an unforgettable Christmas present. Wrap it in a quality box and try to be present when its opened - that's if you can't resist keeping the piece for yourself! Turquoise can also look great with red coral, creating jewelry with mystique, giving a Tibetan effect.
Centuries before Jesus, December has long been a time of celebration around the world. During the winter solstice, when Europeans could look forward to longer days with extended hours of sunlight. In Scandinavia, the Norse celebrated Yule from December 21. In recognition of the return of the sun, fathers and sons would bring home large logs to burn. The people would feast until the log burned out, which could take up to12 days.
December was a perfect time
to celebrate in most of Europe. When cattle were slaughtered to save feeding
them during the winter. For many, it was the only time they ate fresh meat, and wine and
beer was ready for drinking. In Germany, people
honored the pagan god Oden. Germans were terrified
of him, believing he flew through the sky to observe who would prosper or
perish. Roman Emperor Aurelian choose December 25th to be the center of festivities
during the winter solstice. When Christianity became the religion of Rome,
it was decided to combine this pagan festival with celebration of Christ.
No one knows the exact date of Christ's birth, but the Scriptures reveal it
could be Spring of the year 2 BC.
The legend of Santa Claus originates from a 4th century bearded bishop named Saint Nicholas, living in what is now Turkey. Because of his generosity to the poor, there became a feast day in honor of the anniversary of his death, December 6. In the late-18th century, Dutch settlers brought this legend to America.
Money off Offer !
Sample our beads with US$10 or £6 off any order from our MrBead bead store, just key in "christmas" at the checkout (without the inverted commas) and click "Redeem Coupon".
Offer to Friday 4th December 2009 only - order NOW! For use in our store at the checkout only and not valid for wholesale or with any other offers.
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