Autumn Jewelry, Opal for October & Halloween Beads
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bead show at Luton on Saturday 6th Oct (free refreshments - details here),
then Uxbridge Sunday 7th Oct. Edinburgh is cancelled. If you're in the
East of England, come to see our own bead fair at Norwich on 21st October
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Gems for the Fall
Opal - October's Gemstone
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is a great time to make some classy seasonal jewelry. Amber is ideal for
this time of year, along with all types of brown, dark greens, gold, and misty
yellow. Pearls, nature's treasure from the deep, can be very effective
mixed with other beads – especially as they come in autumn colors too. Let
these fabulous fall colors with a touch of gold capture your imagination as well
as your eye.
Try mixing contrasting colors like brown and gold with blues
and green. Some of the most popular gemstones that make fabulous autumn
jewelry are listed below. To see any of these gemstones in our US store,
just click the picture.
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is the obvious stone to use in Fall. 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 is
believed to bring good 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. Dzi is one of the most mysterious of
all the beads known today. These shiny Tibetan agate beads, patterned with
mystical eyes are among the most treasured beads in the world. “Dzi” in Tibetan
means: "shine, brightness, clearness, and splendor.
stone from the quartz family, usually bright orange to reddish orange. Carnelian
is for confidence. Said to help blood disorders and eliminate toxins from
the body. Carnelian 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.
”Citrine” comes from the French word for lemon, and is any quartz crystal or
cluster that’s yellow to orange. The darker, orange colors were
traditionally the best, but today people prefer bright lemony shades to mix with
pastel colors. Sunny citrine brightens all jewelry, blending especially
well with the yellow gleam of polished gold. The yellow color is a natural
reviver, and citrine focuses the mind bringing a feeling of self-esteem.
was long thought to be a strong talisman against evil spirits and hurricanes.
It is also said to reduce blood flow. Naturally its color ranges from
white to red, but most red coral these days is dyed. However, these days almost
any color can be made by dying white coral. It grows in branches that look like
most common flaked stone is goldstone which is ideal for autumn jewelry. A
man-made stone, first created by alchemists trying to make 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
Jade & Aventurine
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.
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.
Lazuli is gemstone 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 color 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
is green with irregular black banding. Its green stripes have the ability to
soothe and bring rest - helping sleep, meditation, the circulation and balancing
emotions. The 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.
forms in Western Australia. An Australian aboriginal healing stone that bestows
strength. It helps heal wounds and encourages the desire for variety and new
experiences. Mookaite helps us to be kind to others is a very protective stone
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. This can produce usually odd shapes. So for more roundness, the
Chinese now reshape rejected pearls into spheres, and then nucleate mussels with
them. Being an organic gem, grooves, pits, or dents are expected.
Freshwater pearls are popular for their colors: white, silvery-white, pink, red,
copper, brown, lavender, purple, green, blue, and yellow. These are
usually dyed these days.
is polished to show its characteristic band of pearly luminescence, resulting
from light reflecting off its thin parallel inclusions in the quartz.
Colors 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.
is a common gemstone that has been used for centuries in jewelry. Usually golden
brown to yellow color. The Egyptians said that topaz was colored with the golden
glow of the mighty sun god Ra. This made topaz a very powerful amulet that
protected the faithful against harm. The Romans associated topaz with Jupiter,
who also is the god of the sun. And Greek legend has it that topaz could make
the wearer invisible and would change color in the presence of poisoned food or
Click any of the above pictures to see these type of beads in
We have a few new royal blue lapis with gold pyrite as they are so
popular, see at
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What is Opal?All of Natures fury can be seen in fine opal. Like a Rembrandt: fire,
lightning, all the colors 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
TThe name Opal could have came from many places. In Greek Opallios translates
as color 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.
Fine opals shine and sparkle in a continually changing play of colors called Opalising.
Depending on the rock and location they have names like Harlequin, Peacock,
Mexican, and Fire Opal. Most opal has this play of colors except Common Opal,
a name give to all others, like Pink Opal. Because 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 color 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.
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How to Value Opal
The most important criterion for determining the price of fine opal is the play
of color, the colors themselves and their pattern. If red appears when looking
through the stone, all the other colors will also. Value also depends on body
color, transparency, and original location. Body color can be black, dark or
light, or colored. Black Opal or a dark grey body has the most brilliant play of
color. 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
color. White or milky opals show more diffuse color and are the cheapest.
To best bring out the play of color 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
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.
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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 color 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.
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 color will fade. Therefore, Opal jewelry 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
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Skull beads are very popular
right now - we sell loads! They're ideal for Halloween
and students have been hanging them on
their rucksacks all year.
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
Orange & Black Beads
With Halloween just around the corner, we thought it
fun to look at orange and black gemstone beads. You can't celebrate Halloween
without using the colors black and orange. 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 color. The classic gemstones in these
colors are orange carnelian and black onyx.
Carnelian gets the brilliant orange color 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. Color
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.
Other stones in these colors 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 jewelry that you can wear year- round but
would still have a hint of Halloween.
Checkout some of our spooky gothic
jewelry at our sister store, click:
To see our
Carnelian beads click
For our Onyx beads click
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