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What stone is this bead?

Posted by Ellen Roy on Friday, January 30, 2015, In : Beads and Findings 
When shopping for stone beads we try to identify the stone before buying, however, this is not always possible.  Sometimes the vendor doesn't know, sometimes the vendor is overwhelmed and can't answer every query, sometimes the vendor forgets to write the stone name on the bag - the list goes on.  When we know the stone we write the name on the tag as we price it.  When we don't know a stone and need to look it up, here are a few websites we go to.  If you're trying to identify a stone you mi...
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Can I get more of anything that I buy at your store?

Posted by Ellen Roy on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, In : Beads and Findings 

It depends on what kind of beads or
materials that you are purchasing. Many
of our items that we sell are vintage and
we only receive these items in limited
quantities. If you will be needing more of an item, make sure to ask us if there is accessibility to more of it.

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Can you help me find a (bead, finding, string, etc) you don't have in stock?

Posted by Margaret Ellen Roy on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, In : Beads and Findings 
We will do our absolute best!  It's true, "a picture is worth a thousand words".  Send us a picture - or draw one - of what you're looking for.  If you don't have one, it's ok, you'll need to describe what you're looking for in as much detail as possible.  Using common frames of reference are great, i.e. "it's the size of a quarter" where, "it's the size of my thumb" is not since thumb sizes are different from person to person.  Include all applicable details:  size, shape, color, texture, gu...
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Why do two exact same beads have different prices?

Posted by Ellen Roy on Sunday, May 20, 2012, In : Beads and Findings 
Maybe we bought them from different vendors.  Maybe we bought them at two different times.  Sometimes we'll buy a bead only one vendor has and they charge a premium price.  When other vendors bring in the same bead, competiton increases and the prices drop.  Or vice versa - a lot of vendors had the same bead, the bead got really popular then most vendors sold out of the bead and the vendors who still had the bead raise the price.  We price the bead at a fair mark-up for what we paid for it at...
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Where do you get your materials?

Posted by Ellen Roy on Sunday, May 20, 2012, In : Beads and Findings 
Common items like most findings, druks (plain round beads), tools and stringing materials which have very consistent qualtiy we order from vendors who supply brick and mortar bead shops.  Our beads come from all around the world. Czech Repubic, India, China, Africa, Peru, United States and more - not that we travel all around the world to get them, however, we do travel to market and our vendors so we can hand-pick every bead. 
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