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Bead Therapy We’ve all been there; the post-break up craft project, the piece we’ve been working on for months that suddenly has to be completed behind closed doors once the in-laws arrive. Good news everyone! We’re not just avoiding and dodging the less fun parts of life, we are effectively self-medicating. When...

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Hello, 2015. Another year is coming to a close and it is, once again, time we look to the future and set goals for ourselves. I love the New Year because it feels fresh; it feels like a blank slate. Exercising more, reading & writing more, spending more time with friends & family and seeing new places are...

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Notes From a Bookworm I just completed the book ‘Wanderlust: A Love Affair with 5 Continents’ by Elizabeth Eaves. Happy Mango was essentially created because of Dan & Rudi’s love for travel. They have traveled far and wide to bring back some of the coolest beads, pendants & amulets from all over the world. The...

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Beads, Candles & Smells In the fall and winter I really go crazy for candles that smell like baking, sweets and all other warm, 'hibernating-like' good smells. As I walked around my house last night lighting all of my candles I passed by my favorite candle holder and realized, 'Hey! Those are beads on there!". I have had this...

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Happy (beaded) Slipper Day! Well...it’s one of “those” days...a slipper day. Yes, I brought my house-slippers to the Happy Mango Beads warehouse, making it a warehouse-slipper-day. I’m not sure you all realize how wonderful it is to work for this company. We have all heard the phrase, “no shirt, no shoes, no service,”...

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Do you Pantone?

We are curious how many of our blog subscribers follow the Pantone colors of the year?

Looking for these shades at Happy Mango Beads? We have you covered! Our color names may vary from the official Spring Pantone colors, but we like to be creative too! (Just how creative you might ask? Well, Crayola ain’t got nothin’ on us)

1. Glacier Grey – Gray Agate Gemstone Beads
2. Classic Blue – Triangular Glass Beads
3. Custard – Glass Beads
4. Lucite Green – Recycled Glass Beads
5. Strawberry Ice – Resin Beads
6. Scuba Blue – Old Padre Beads
7. Toasted Almond – Pearl Beads
8. Marsala – Brecciated Jasper Gemstone Beads
9. Aquamarine – Crystal Glass Beads
10. Tangerine – Recycled Paper Beads

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Category : Jewelry Inspiration

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50 Shades of Gary – Part 5

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Gary, one of the warehouse dogs here at Happy Mango Beads, has become quite the fashionista.  With a growing wardrobe of bandanas, Gary loves to surprise all the Mangoes with his favorite color of the day.  I knew he was on to something when I would pull orders that matched his “outfit” and I have taken inspiration from Gary’s choices. Enjoy!

Part 5
Dark Violet:

Violet is a dark shade of purple, and closer to blue than red on the color wheel.  It is one of the oldest colors known to man, made by grinding the mineral, manganese, with water or animal fat, and can be found in the prehistoric cave, Pech Merle, in France.  While it is associated with humility in the Catholic Church, violet is most commonly associated with vanity and extravagance in modern society.

Don’t you think this purple is a little too feminine for you?
Gary
: No way!  Purple is the color of royalty.  I feel important when I wear purple.  Why don’t you hurry up and bring me a treat.  Now…  I said, now!

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Do you think violet is a feminine color?
What emotions does it stir up for you?

Stay tuned for more shades of Gary! And if you missed the last one, check it out here!

Beads pictured include a Czech glass button, a purple flourite pendant, a woven flower pendant, carved bone beads, amethyst chip beads, frosted agate beads, bicone agate beads, and paper beads.

Category : Beads, Beads, Beads, Jewelry Inspiration

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When I look at the purple beads up above I think that they are definitely a colour a man could wear. However
That doesn’t mean that men will wear purple a lot of men arn’t comfortable enough in there own skin to wear what is mistakenly considered a female colour.

Silly boys… Gary is perfectly comfortable in his own fur and loves purple. :]

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A Different Approach to Color

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Before the world of beads, I was a cartographer. One of my favorite online tools for finding just the right colors for a map was Color Brewer. On this website, you can toggle between different color shades and different color schemes. I found this website to be a helpful guide for finding the right colors for JEWELRY too!

This screenshot was captured from the Color Brewer website and represents a diverging data set, but I just love the way the neutral tan and teal flow together with the white.

Color Brewer

Then, I gathered some beads that I found lying around Happy Mango Beads. I know inspiration can come from a variety of places, but today I found the colors I wanted to use, then the beads. This set features some fluted glass beads from Nepal, crackly white green heart beads from Africa, and natural wood beads from the Philippines.

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Happy designing!

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What a neat site. I am always interested in good inspiring color schemes.

Glad to hear it! We love fun colors too!

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50 Shades of Gary – Part 4

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Gary, one of the warehouse dogs here at Happy Mango Beads, has become quite the fashionista.  With a growing wardrobe of bandanas, Gary loves to surprise all the Mangoes with his favorite color of the day.  I knew he was on to something when I would pull orders that matched his “outfit” and I have taken inspiration from Gary’s choices. Enjoy!

Part 4
Chartreuse Green:

Chartreuse is a 50/50 mix of green and yellow.  It got its name because of its resemblance to the French liqueur “Green Chartreuse”, introduced in 1764.  It can also be compared to the outer skin of a green apple, and is used on many emergency vehicles today, to be better seen at night.

So far you seem to like the colors Sarah picks out for you…what about this green?
Gary:
Green?  Grrrrrrreen!  Green is my favorite!  It’s the same color as grrrrrrrrrass!  I love grass.  Wanna go run in some!?  Huh?  You wanna?

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What is your preferred shade of green?
What colors do you like to pair with green?

Stay tuned for more shades of Gary! And if you missed the last one, check it out here!

Beads and materials pictured include a bottle cap bead, a cotton wrapped bead, czech dagger beads, green silk ribbon and cord, old chevron watermelon beads, green crystal glass beads, Canadian jade beads, green “eye” beads, recycled glass beads, and diamond shell beads.

Category : Beads, Beads, Beads, Jewelry Inspiration

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My favorite Gary post thus far. I love it when gary rubs and rolls in the grass…or anything for that matter. lol. hes hilarious. Grrrrrreat post Sarah! :)

Gary is grrrrracious for your comment. :]

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February Birthstone: Amethyst

Amethyst PendantAmesthyst is found worldwide and although it is a variety of quartz, it must be purple to be classified as Amethyst. The reason for this is rooted in this story of regret:

Sometimes we all say or do things that we regret. The story of the god Bacchus is a tale of such remorse. Bacchus’s feelings were hurt and so he decreed that the first person he met would be eaten by his tigers. The unfortunate person happened to be the young maiden, Amethyst, who was on her way to worship at the shrine of the goddess, Diana. To protect poor Amethyst from being eaten by tigers Diana transformed her into a clear, transparent crystal. Then Bacchus, feeling regretful of the whole situation he had created, poured his wine over the stone as an offering and the gem turned purple. This is how the lovely purple quartz, Amethyst, got its name. The Greeks believed that Amethyst would prevent intoxication, calm anger and relieve Amethyst Necklace Beading Kitfrustration, enable forgiveness and give one the strength and resolve to admit when we are wrong.

Amethyst is a beautiful gem that ranges in color from light lavender to deep purple. Some Amethyst even has a mauve tint. The most valuable variety of Amethyst is colored deep medium purple with rose flashes. Cape Amethyst includes bands of milky white quartz. Green Amethyst is a falsity since the term “Amethyst” refers only to purple variation of quartz. Amethyst is found in geodes and alluvial deposits worldwide. The purple coloration of the quartz is produced when manganese is present. The intensity of purple in any given Amethyst is a result of the amount of iron contained in the stone. It has a hardness of 7 on the Moh’s scale.
Amethyst Petal Nuggets
Amethyst is also believed to be a good talisman to ward off drunkenness and bring back sobriety after a drinking binge. While we here at Happy Mango Beads NEVER overindulge, we do love a good Happy (Mango) Hour and we are still testing the validity of these claims.

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