The art of jewelry-making

11/28/2017



 ▲ Jean Tanner/For Bluffton Today A vendor from Afghanistan offered many fine selections at a recent bead expo.




Beads, beads and more beads. That’s what you’ll see at various events showcasing just about everything imaginable for people in the jewelry-making business.

Companies hold these expos up and down the East Coast. They are a must for professionals and the hobby jewelry maker.

When visiting one, you will find wholesale prices on precious and semi-precious gemstone beads, gold and silver beads, copper, brass beads, findings and chains, charms, pendants, lampwork glass beads, Swarovski crystals, pearls, exclusive hand-made jewelry and much, much more.


Intergalactic Bead and Jewelry Shows, Inc. for more than 15 years has helped exhibitors connect with qualified buyers. The most recent expo in Charleston was the weekend of Sept. 17. The next two closest expos will be Nov.4-5 in Atlanta and Nov. 18-19 in Charlotte.




Frank Cox Productions tours Florida, Georgia and North Carolina throughout the year with dealers presenting some of the finest gems, jewelry and bead collections for sale in the U.S.. It recently had one at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta, Ga. Its next two expos are Oct. 13th-15 and Nov. 3-5 in Sarasota, Fla.

The American Bead and Merchandise Show has a show coming up Oct. 7 in Jacksonville, Fla., and Oct. 14 in Tampa. Most jewelry makers keep a list of shows in their area and mark them on their calendars to attend.




When attending a show with my granddaughter Cheryl Tanner, I was really astonished at the array of beautiful beads on display by 20 or 30 vendors under one roof in a municipal auditorium.



Even more so, I was amazed at the knowledge she has acquired since starting her jewelry-making business, pointing out to me the different beads and gems. She would spy a vendor displaying something special she was looking for and they would start bantering back and forth in a lingo I knew nothing about, but found it quite interesting.




In 2015, as her passion to disciple the next generation grew, she began her jewelry-making as funding for her ministry. Those funds supported Bible studies and weekend retreats for teen girls.



When God breathed the vision of Romans 12:2 for her transformation bracelets, she started offering her jewelry in retail stores. It is currently offered in four retail locations across the Southeast, including Mameem & Maudie in downtown Bluffton.



Now all of Cheryl’s hand-made jewelry is recognized by the feather, a symbol of the Psalm 91:4 verse, “He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you will find refuge.”

Attend a bead show Expo if you get the chance. You will find it exhilarating and may even catch the bug of jewelry-making.




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