ABeadSea

Your Knowledgeable Source for Earthy Gemstone Beads

California, United States · 29367 Sales

ABeadSea

Your Knowledgeable Source for Earthy Gemstone Beads

California, United States 29367 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(12871)

Announcement   I hope you'll enjoy my wide selection of earthy gemstone beads. Looking for a specific item? There's a handy search box at the top of my shop. :) Please note that none of my current beads are large-hole beads. Very few of the beads I offer have hole sizes much larger than about 1mm, and some of the smaller beads have hole sizes smaller than 0.5mm. The beads are generally suitable for beading wire or thread, but not for cord or ribbon.

For more information, see my policies and profile (to the left), or contact me with your questions at any time.

Join me on Facebook for info about your favorite gemstones! http://www.facebook.com/ABeadSea
Sign up for my monthly newsletter to receive exclusive coupon codes!
http://news.abeadsea.com

My handmade jewelry shop: http://lavajewelry.etsy.com

Announcement
Last updated on Apr 17, 2016

I hope you'll enjoy my wide selection of earthy gemstone beads. Looking for a specific item? There's a handy search box at the top of my shop. :) Please note that none of my current beads are large-hole beads. Very few of the beads I offer have hole sizes much larger than about 1mm, and some of the smaller beads have hole sizes smaller than 0.5mm. The beads are generally suitable for beading wire or thread, but not for cord or ribbon.

For more information, see my policies and profile (to the left), or contact me with your questions at any time.

Join me on Facebook for info about your favorite gemstones! http://www.facebook.com/ABeadSea
Sign up for my monthly newsletter to receive exclusive coupon codes!
http://news.abeadsea.com

My handmade jewelry shop: http://lavajewelry.etsy.com

Michele Dodge

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Michele Dodge

Rose Quartz Beads - 8mm Rondelle - Half Strand
US$6.90
Sierra Agate Beads - 10mm Round - Half Strand
US$7.15
Bamboo Agate Beads - 4mm Round - Half Strand
US$7.60
Ruby Zoisite Beads - 6mm Round - Half Strand
US$8.80
Amethyst Beads - 2mm Round - Half Strand
US$10.65
Rhodonite Beads - 8mm Rondelle - Full Strand
US$21.10
Red Jasper Beads - 6mm Rondelle - Full Strand
US$8.00
Lilac Stone Beads - 6mm Rondelle - Half Strand
US$5.00
Blue Tigereye Beads - 10mm Round - Half Strand
US$10.70
Lepidolite Beads - 4mm Round - Full Strand
US$5.20
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Updates

Lots of new beads to be listed in my shop soon, included banded amethyst with a matte finish!

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I'm happy to announce that ABeadSea is open again!

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About

A Geologist Offering Gemstone Beads

I create sterling silver gemstone jewelry under the name Lava Jewelry. I started selling my surplus supplies a few years ago, and I quickly learned that I truly enjoyed selling jewelry-making supplies to other jewelry-makers. I decided to intentionally buy more supplies than I could possibly use myself so I could share the extras.

My background is in geology, which is probably why I find myself so drawn to gemstones. I am self-taught in gemology, and I'm always eager to learn more about gemstones. I love learning about the formation, origins, physical properties, and enhancements of the gemstones I use.

I offer gemstone beads in half- and full-strands at reasonable retail prices, in hope that they will be enjoyed by hobbyists and Etsy jewelry shop owners alike. I travel to find beads that are unique, in addition to stocking the classic must-have beads.

I hope you'll enjoy these gemstones as much as I do!

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  • Michele Dodge

    Owner, Photography, Packaging, Purchasing

    A geologist by training, I love to find gorgeous gemstone beads to offer my customers.

  • Vince

    Shipper

    Vince is Michele's husband, and he very kindly makes post office runs on a regular basis to get orders out in a timely manner. From time to time, Vince assists with packaging.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 6, 2016
Welcome to my jewelry supply shop on Etsy!

I create sterling silver gemstone jewelry under the name Lava Jewelry. I started selling my surplus supplies a few years ago, and I quickly learned that I truly enjoyed selling jewelry-making supplies. I decided to intentionally buy more supplies than I could possibly use myself so I could share the extras with other jewelry makers.

My background is in geology, which is probably why I find myself so drawn to gemstones. I am self-taught in gemology through GIA correspondence courses, and I'm always eager to learn more about gemstones. I love learning about the formation, origins, physical properties, and enhancements of the gemstones I use.

I offer beads in full- and half-strand quantities. Every listing in my shop is labelled with the quantity of beads in the title, as well as in the description under "quantity." I provide a link within my listings to other available quantities. The sizes of natural gemstone beads can vary quite a bit, so all measurements listed are approximate.

I hope you'll enjoy these gemstones as much as I do!

Join me on Facebook for info about your favorite gemstones! http://www.facebook.com/ABeadSea
Sign up for my monthly newsletter to learn what's new at ABeadSea!
http://news.abeadsea.com

Please feel free to check out my Etsy jewelry shop http://lavajewelry.etsy.com

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept PayPal and credit card payments through my Etsy shop.

If your order is being shipped to a California address, sales tax will automatically be added on when you check out.

If you are in California and are purchasing items for resale, I will need you to fill out and send me a California BOE resale certificate (form 230).
Shipping
In the interest of saving paper, I do not usually send packing slips with orders. If you would like a packing slip, you can either print one out from Your Etsy, or ask me to enclose one for you. Just let me know. :)

-U.S. orders are shipped via First Class Mail, unless an upgrade to Priority or Priority Express has been selected.
-International orders are shipped via First Class International Mail, unless other prior arrangements have been made. Because of a spate of lost packages, I now require Registered Mail for most non-U.S. destinations. I do not currently require Registered Mail for the following countries: Canada, U.K., Japan, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Belgium, and Switzerland. Please contact me if you have questions about Registered Mail.
-All ABeadSea purchases are carefully packaged and shipped within two business days of payment clearing. My post office is closed on Saturdays, so I usually do not ship on weekends. If you have an urgent order and need Saturday shipping, please contact me before placing your order.
-Priority and Priority Express options are also available for international orders. Please contact me for rates.
-Orders shipped to non-U.S. destinations may incur customs or fees, as dictated by the laws of the particular country.
Refunds and Exchanges
Please contact me immediately if there is a problem when you receive your order. I'm confident that we can work together to find a satisfactory solution.

I accept returns up to 30 calendar days after you check out through my Etsy shop. Please contact me if you would like to return an item, so I can provide you with my mailing address, and so I will know to expect your return. I always recommend using delivery confirmation when shipping packages. I will refund your purchase price (less shipping) via your original payment as soon as I receive the item in its original condition. Returns must be received within 30 calendar days of your Etsy check-out date.

Please contact me if you have any questions at any time.
Additional policies and FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions

-Are all of your beads natural gemstones?
With the exception of hematite, all of the beads I offer were made by nature. Quite a few of them have been enhanced in various way to improve appearance or durability. I try to mention the known treatments in my listings. I personally prefer natural, untreated gemstones, so I choose those whenever possible. However some types of gemstones are always, always treated. For example, onyx is not black in nature.; black onyx is always dyed. Soft minerals like magnesite must always be stabilized to be durable enough to use as beads. Citrine and carnelian beads are almost always heat-treated. And although hematite is a naturally-occurring mineral, hematite beads are always manmade. If you'd like to know about a particular gemstone, please ask me.

-What hole sizes do your beads have?
None of my current beads are large-hole beads. Very few of the beads I offer have hole sizes larger than about 1mm, and some of the smaller beads have hole sizes smaller than 0.5mm. The beads are generally suitable for beading wire or thread, but not for cord or ribbon. Please contact me if you have a question about a particular bead, and I will do my best to measure the holes for you.

-Do you offer wholesale?
Sales tax is automatically added to any order being shipped to a California address. If you are a reseller in California, please send me a completed BOE resale certificate (Form 230). Once I have verified your seller's permit, I will refund your sales tax.

-Do you offer bulk discounts?
I offer bulk discounts for orders of $100+, $250+, and $500+ in the form of coupon codes sent out in my monthly newsletter (sign up at http://news.abeadsea.com ).

-What do gemstone grades mean?
We've all seen bead shops that claim all of their beads are grade "A+++". Unfortunately, this isn't very meaningful or helpful when shopping. The problem is that there is no standardized system for grading gemstone beads, either nationally or internationally, so here I provide the criteria used for grading the beads sold in my shop. I hope that these criteria will be helpful to customers purchasing online from me.

Grade D: Beads that can be used in more rustic or crafty projects. Often made with material that has flaws or less-than-ideal color. Can include uneven cutting or off-center drilling. I include these beads because I find them pretty, flaws and all. Depending on what kind of work you are doing with these, beads, you may find there are several culls per strand with these beads.
Grade C: Better quality than Grade D (fewer flaws and better color), but can include uneven cutting or off-center drilling. The size and shape of the beads within a strand can vary a good amount. Depending on what kind of work you are doing with these, beads, you may find there are a few culls per strand with these beads.
Grade B: Quality material, with a good polish (unless the beads are intentionally meant to be matte, or a softer material that does not take on a good polish), good cutting and drilling. Beads that are rated Grade B in my shop can be found graded as Grade A, AA, and AAA elsewhere. The beads are fairly uniform in size and shape throughout the strand. These are some nice gemstone beads.
Grade A: Best material which is usually used in making beads. Excellent polish, cutting, and drilling. The beads are extremely uniform in size and shape.
Grade AA: High-quality material that is usually not used in beads, because it can fetch a higher per-carat price when sold as loose faceted stones or cabochons than as beads.
Grade AAA: Flawless to the naked eye. Like Grade AA, Grade AAA includes material higher in quality than what is normally used to make beads.

-Why have your prices increased?
The vast majority of gemstone beads are cut in either India or China. Both India and China are experiencing rapid rises in the cost of living right now. The workers who cut gemstone beads are being paid more, so the price of beads are correspondingly increasing.

There are also price increases when a material that is in demand is mined out (such as Morgan Hill poppy jasper or Sleeping Beauty turquoise). The material becomes harder to obtain, and so prices for that material will increase.

All photos ©2006-2016 by Michele C. Dodge. All rights reserved.