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Dystonia & Beading UPDATE: A few years ago Happy Mango Beads got involved in 7,000 Bracelets for Hope. The goal was to raise awareness and funds for over 7,000 rare diseases. All of which lacked awareness and the necessary funding for research, translating to no cures for most of these obscure diseases. The bracelet...

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Milagro Charms Now that we know more about Native American fetishes, let's take a look at these Latin American religious charms! Historically, Milagros accompanied the Spanish to Latin America. Milagros, translating to "miracles", are a Latin American religious folk tradition that are offered as a tool for healing....

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What is a Fetish? First a '50 Shades of Gray' reference and now we're bringing up fetishes?? You might think we're getting a little wild this week here at Happy Mango Beads, but don't be fooled. We're always a little crazy! A fetish is a carving that is believed to have power. Fetishes have been used by all southwestern...

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Chile Fire Relief UPDATE! I am sure that the devastating hill fire that struck Valparaiso, Chile in April is still very fresh on many minds around the globe, especially those living in the burned region. On June 25th, Happy Mango Beads sent $500 to a trusted friend in Valparaiso, and here is Samuel's most recent report: "The...

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Crayola ain't got nothin' on us Contrary to popular belief, coming up with the color name of beads is hard work. It is especially hard when you're working on a whole bunch of similar beads at one time! How does one even decide what is butterscotch, creme brulee, or tapioca? (It just makes me want a snack.) You can now search all of...

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Order UP!

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I have the privilege of viewing all of the wonderful beads our customers order, every day of the week. Sometimes, I see a combination of beads that really impresses and inspires me, and I’m always curious to know what is going to be created from it. Courtney and I discussed this, and decided we need to start featuring some of these orders, just because they are so dang pretty!

So kudos to those of you who really know your colors, and are obviously making beautiful jewelry from our unique beads. I am constantly motivated by your creativity. Please share your goodies on our Facebook page or in our inbox…we LOVE to see what you make!

A couple of my favorites from today’s order lineup include some Indonesian glass beads, African metal beads, African trade beads and some African clay beads.

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Love this feature! The pictures are nice inspiration.

I’m glad!! They are for me as well. We’ll keep picking an “order (or two) of the week” so you can continually be inspired. :D

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BOO!

Here we are in the spooky month of October! Wow, this year flew by.

Looking for some Halloween inspiration? Here at Happy Mango Beads, we are boasting some fun beads and pendants to get your designs rolling!

Pumpkin and Ghost Glass Lampwork Beads

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Monster Porcelain Pendants
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Halloween-y Colors

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Milagro Charms – Perfect for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Designs!
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Dia de los Muertos Picture Pendants
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Something that is just generally spooky? How about one of these wooden masks from Mexico?

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Happy Designing and Happy Halloween! Please share any photos you have of your creations!

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OLD Indonesia

Well, you may have noticed that we recently listed a smattering of OLD Javanese glass beads. Naturally, this elicited some research about these ancient beads. Here’s the down low:

Majapahit refers to a vast, powerful empire based in Java that spanned many other islands from approximately 1293 to 1500 AD. According to Nagarakretagama (Desawarñana) written in 1365, Majapahit was an empire of 98 tributaries, stretching from Sumatra to New Guinea. In consisted of present day Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, southern Thailand, Sulu Archipelago, Manila, and East Timor–wow, that’s HUGE!

Jawa Timur is Indonesian for ‘East Java’. The Indonesian slang for Jawa Timur is ‘Jatim’ or ‘Javanese’ (yes, you have probably seen this painted all over our website).

How does this all relate to beads? Well, the beads from the Majapahit era have various specific details to them such as mosaic patterns (similar to those in Millefiori beads), feather trails, and bird designs. Additionally, beads from this era show great influence from Roman and Middle-Eastern beads before 700 AD. More interesting about these beads are the historic uses for them. They were naturally worn in necklaces, but they were also used in place of jewels in rings and other jewelry, and supposedly Javanese Millefiori beads were used to cover the eyes, nose, ears, mouth, navel, and genitals of corpses (Collectible Beads, Robert K. Liu). Beads from this area may have been traded from India, China, Europe and the Middle East based on similarities between beads from these regions, but it is not certain.

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These Opal Gemstone Beads are on FIRE!

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As I was going through our gemstone inventory last week, I ran across a strand of beads here in the Happy Mango Beads warehouse that I had never seen before! I was mesmerized by it’s beauty and wanted to know more.

I’m familiar with traditional varieties of opal, mostly the majority that stem from Australia, but had never seen anything like this… Ethiopian Opal. It’s soft honey color and iridescence create an effect that makes these beads look like they are glowing. I almost want a whole necklace, just made of these!
Opal Beads
You may be aware that opals are not actually gemstones (specifically, minerals). They are deemed “mineraloids”, as their crystallinity does not fall in the parameters of what is acceptable for minerals. Opals are formed in volcanic regions, when water is deposited into the fissures of rocks. Depending on the region they are found, different colors are produced.

For instance, Mexican Fire Opals have a distinct orange and red coloring to them, whereas most of the Australian Boulder Opals have more purple and blue. But the soft glow of these Ethiopian Opals surprised and intrigued me, and I’d never seen anything like it. While they may not be as vibrant as some of the other opals found around the world, they are certainly beautiful in their own right.

Snag some while you can – we only have a few strands left!
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These are so lovely.
Can you get larger sz
Perhaps 8 mm ?

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Do the MONSTER MASH!

October is quickly approaching, and it’s getting to be the season of tricks, treats, scares and screams. I sell my own jewelry collection at a local co-op in Fort Collins, CO, Trimble Court Artisans, and since I am the featured artist next month, I have been scurrying around making jewelry like crazy! In preparation, I had a fellow artisan design some one-of-a-kind porcelain monster pendants for me to use in my show. After sorting through his creations, I selected my favorites to make jewelry with, and Happy Mango Beads has recently acquired some as well!

Here’s a preview of some of the fun ways these little monsters can be used. I’ve combined them with faceted crystal beads, seed beads and sterling silver components to make some truly unique jewelry. And while they may be inspired by the season, these pieces can certainly be worn any time of year.

What would you make with one of these awesome pendants? Pick out yours here!

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