Bead the centre of attention at Christmas parties with Cookson Beads

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Cookson Beads has thousands of beads and beading products available online to inspire customers to create unique Christmas party outfits. Beading products can be used to make new jewellery, or to ‘upcycle’ old pieces of clothing by adding shiny Swarovski crystals or Christmas-themed beads to an existing outfit.

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If you’ve already got a dress in mind, then why not create your own unique accessories with sparkly crystals and beads?

As the Christmas party season approaches, it’s time to pull out the party frocks: and Cookson Beads is offering help to those stuck for outfit ideas.

The leading beading retailer stocks more than 2,500 beads, tools and accessories, from stunning Swarovski crystals to shining Shamballa-style beads, glossy glass beads to versatile seed beads.

Cookson Beads is hoping to inspire customers to turn drab old dresses into sparkling festive outfits that will wow friends and colleagues.

Recycling or ‘upcycling’ old clothing is a big trend this year. With a little creative flair, old pieces of clothing can be given a new lease of life – creating an outfit with a personal touch and saving money in the process.

For example, a few black Miyuki seed beads embroidered into the shoulders of a plain black dress will change it from an everyday piece of eveningwear into a sparkling Christmas party statement – or ruby and gold seed beads can be sown into a red top for a cash-saving, festive look.

Cookson Beads even supplies mixed kits of beads in complementary colours, so picking hues to match an outfit is simple.

Sparkly, colourful jewellery is a staple of the season: when décor turns to glitter, tinsel and stars. Making jewellery from beads is a great way to liven up a neglected party outfit and give it a new lease of life: without breaking the bank on expensive new clothing.

Cookson Beads’ range of Shamballa beads features rich, festive colours like red, white, green and gold. They can be mixed and matched to create trendy Shamballa bracelets, which will look marvellously merry with any party getup.

The Swarovski brand is synonymous with sophistication. Cookson Beads’ Swarovski Crystal beads will give handmade jewellery a glamorous edge that’s a perfect match for the celebratory atmosphere of Christmas.

For a glitzy, shimmering look they can be combined with Preciosa beads, or for a softer appearance, with cubic zirconia gemstones. With Cookson Beads’ range of more than 300 semi-precious beading products like amethyst, coloured quartz and mother of pearl, the options are nearly endless.

Adam Hunter, e-commerce manager at Cookson Gold, said: “It’s nearly that time of year again, when your wardrobe creaks open to reveal last season’s party dress in need of some real TLC.

“There’s no need to splash out hundreds on a new party dress which will spend most of 2013 in your wardrobe: add some zing and sparkle to an old dress with some wonderful beads, recycle your clothes and save money which can otherwise be spent on presents – or treats for yourself!

“If you’ve already got a dress in mind, then why not create your own unique accessories with sparkly crystals and beads? Create a stunning ensemble this Christmas that’s completely unique – and costs less than the mass-produced party outfits you can find on the high street.”

Though Christmas is nearly upon us, Cookson Beads’ dedicated next day delivery service means it’s easy to get hold of beading items before the office parties kick off. Order before 3pm to get your goods the next day.

Beading fans can also sign up to the Cookson Beads mailing list to receive the latest news and offers, as well as a free copy of The Cookson Beadbook, a comprehensive product catalogue.

For more information about Cookson Beads and its range of beading products, visit

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For more information on this story, contact Adam Hunter, e-Commerce Manager at, on 0121 212 6491.

About Cookson Gold

Cookson Precious Metals UK – is the UK's largest one-stop shop for the jewellery maker with over 14,500 products including a huge stock of silver, gold, palladium and platinum bullion cut to your requirements (sheet, wire, tube, solder, grain, settings) as well as huge ranges of findings, loose and finished chain, gemstones, ring blanks, jewellery making tools, silver clay, beading materials and much more. With almost 20 years of experience in the industry, we despatch thousands of parcels every week for next day delivery to designer jewellers, retailers, independent craftsmen, goldsmiths and silversmiths, jewellery students, artisans and craft enthusiasts all over the world.

All our key product categories are further supported by a great selection of boxes and packaging, display materials, storage, finished jewellery and charm bead collection as well as a huge range of workshop consumables, tools and machinery. are also stockists of the industry’s biggest brands such as Swarovski, Beadalon, Dremel, PMC, Art Clay and FIMO, not to mention Reflections Silver, our very own enhanced tarnish resistant alloy, a harder, whiter and superior alternative to sterling silver.

As well as providing the best and most reliable delivery service proposition in the industry, all products online are backed by a massive stock holding - ensuring our customers get what they want when they want it, all priced dynamically in line with the latest metal fix. is on a number of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Visit our website to keep updated via social media.

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