Monday, December 7, 2009

New Bead Website Open For Business!

Please visit my my brand new bead website at!  Use coupon code "Sale10" to save 10% on all orders up until January 1, 2010.  Coupon can be used multiple times.  Enjoy!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

How It All Started...

I've had a love affair with rock and gems since I was a kid. Growing up, I had the best and biggest rock collection on the street! I was always picking them up and collecting...always.

Fast forward 30 years...It all started with a visit to the local bead show. I decided I was going to make jewelry and start a business. Very quickly I realized that good beads were hard to find, so I decided I would dedicate my business to finding the most beautiful beads, and selling them. 

One small problem...I didn't have any extra money...So for my birthday, my husband and his parents took us to the Argosy Casino, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and gave us some spending money. I put in a $20 into the Wheel of Fortune slot machine, and won $300! I thought, that's just what I need so I cashed out and saved my money.

Shortly thereafter I hooked up with a bead vendor, spent my $300 with him, started on ebay, and the rest is history!

I started on ebay in February 2003.  So now that I am on ebay...I wanted to do things different and better than the other sellers.  More importantly, I wanted to represent my beads honestly and accurately. I can't tell you how many beads I bought on ebay that were not as advertised. What did I do different?  For starters, I took a picture of each and every strand that I sold.  I did not use stock photos.  This took an incredible amount of time to do...not to mention a huge learning curve and a crash course in photography of small, shiny objects.  I also put the weight in carats into each listing.  Back then NOBODY did this...but of course, they all copied and now everybody does it.  Why did I do that?  Because many of these beads are small...I can give measurements but visuals are important.  Carats are a good unit of measurement because most women have a diamond ring with a certain carat weight.  We all know how big a half carat is, or a carat, or a 2 carat diamond.  Also I took my pictures showing the beads in my hand.  Nobody else did this!  This gave an excellent frame of reference as to size in real life.  I still do all of these things today.

 Next thing I know 5 great bead selling years go by and I switched to etsy. Another very successful year goes by and now I have my own dedicated website.

I am thankful each and every day for the wonderful people that I have met and that my business has grown steadily over the last 6+ years. It has taken a lot of hard work and long hours working to reach this goal...but it's all been worth it!

Sunday, December 6:
I am so thrilled to announce the opening of my new website, While it still needs some work on graphics, it's open for business. I"ll have a grand opening after the graphics and adjustments are completed.

I'd like to offer everybody a 10% off discount coupon to use however often you'd like between the dates of December 6, 2009 and January 1, 2010.

Just type in "Sale10" during checkout and you will get 10% off of your entire purchase (automatically calculated at checkout)! No minimum amount required! Use this code as often as you want!

All of my brand new inventory from my November buying trips is being listed on this website, and all of my etsy inventory is on the new website at the lowest marked down price. With the coupon you will save an additional 10%! A lot is in there but I still have more! You can see all of the fabulous new custom cut beads and rondelles, and everything else just in!

Before you buy, please click on the "customer service" tab up at the top of the home page for information on frequently asked questions.

I'd like to thank all of my customers for being a part of making this dream come true! This is something that I've wanted to do for years and years and now it's finally happening! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful, magical holiday season filled with love and all good things!!