My shop focuses on beads with a story so that your jewelry can have a store, too! As a maker myself, I am particularly fond of ceramic beads, and when Bob came to me about five years ago to sell and represent his vintage 1972-73 era ceramic beads, I jumped at the opportunity! Earthenware clay is a material I am drawn to over and over again for its relationship with the Earth and the wonderful feel of clay in my hands. I could relate to Bob's beads on many levels and am very happy to be able to offer them to you, both his vintage beads from 1972-73 and his newer present-day creations.
Enter this year in 2016 John, who visited Morocco in the 1990s and negotiated with Berber tribesmen to buy and make sintered glass beads. In 1995, John retired from selling beads and just reached out to me to represent and sell his beads in my shop, my line of jewelry, and online.
I found that his beads were marvelously earthy and organic, and the photos and stories he told surrounding the beads he brought me fascinating. I also found that they work *beautifully* with Bob's beads, and the affordability means that mixing them with higher-priced beads is especially attractive.
I've been putting together jewelry for sale using beads from "my boys" and am putting some of my favorite mixes for sale here on Etsy.
This listing is for the strand you see above; it measures approximately 10" long. The marbled orange, yellow, black, and white round beads are high-fired porcelain. The rest of the beads are handmade sintered glass, made by powdering glass and pressing it in 100 year-old Czech glass bead presses; these were made previous to 1995 but the exact date is uncertain.
The round beads measure about 10mm x 8mm, with a large hole of about 3mm. The small yellow heishi are about 6mm in diameter; the white around 9mm in diameter, and the coral orange barrels around 8mm x 8mm.
Please take a moment to view my other listings for handmade beads, vintage ceramic, prosser, and assorted other beads from my shop that are not in mixed sets like these.
I ship via first class USPS with tracking and first class international mail with customs forms for most items and usually get your order shipped within three days, at most. I email a notification from Endicia with tracking information. Insurance is highly suggested! I will not reimburse or replace items that are lost through no fault of my own. Thanks for understanding.
Please pay through PayPal or Etsy online payments within seven days of purchase. Thank you!
Returns & exchanges
I gladly accept exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept returns or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Custom or personalized orders
Perishable products (like food or flowers)
Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Items on sale
Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Additional return information
Returns are not accepted except under extreme circumstances. Each person's request is considered on a case-by-case basis.
For many of the items I carry, I have back-up stock. If you wish to buy more than is listed, please convo me and I will list a reserve lot for you.