StowawayBeads

Your Knowledgeable Source for Earthy Gemstone Beads

Union City, California · 32057 Sales

StowawayBeads

Your Knowledgeable Source for Earthy Gemstone Beads

Union City, California 32057 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(13693)

Announcement   ABeadSea is now Stowaway Beads! New name, same earthy gemstone beads you love.

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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. :)

For more information, see my policies and profile, 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.stowawaybeads.com

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

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 23, 2017

ABeadSea is now Stowaway Beads! New name, same earthy gemstone beads you love.

****************************
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. :)

For more information, see my policies and profile, 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.stowawaybeads.com

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

Michele Dodge

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Michele Dodge

Picture Jasper Beads - 5mm Rondelle - Half Strand
$3.90
Picture Jasper Beads - 8mm Round - Half Strand
$3.15
Verdite Beads - 8mm Round - Half Strand
$10.20
Tiger Eye Beads - 6mm Rondelle - Half Strand
$4.30
Picture Stone Beads - 6mm Round
$2.35
Tigerskin "Jasper" - 6mm Round - Half Strand
$4.10
Picture Jasper Beads - 6mm Round - Half Strand
$2.70
Wooden Agate Beads - 4mm Round - Half Strand
$2.80
Turritella Agate Beads - 6mm Round - Half Strand
$8.90
Tiger Zebra Iron Beads - 6mm Round - Half Strand
$7.75
Wooden Agate Beads - 8mm Round - Half Strand
$11.30
Chrysanthemum Stone Beads - 4mm Round
$2.40
Verdite Beads - 10mm Round - Half Strand
$10.15
Tiger Eye Beads - 4mm Round - Half Strand
$3.40
Tigereye Beads - 8mm Faceted Round - Half Strand
$10.35
Tigereye Bead - Hummingbird Shape - One Piece
$3.50
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(13693)
Esteban

Esteban on Mar 24, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Nice beads, I am pleased with my purchase.

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Updates

New beads, coming soon! Including honey tigereye, rhodochrosite, and lots of new matte-finished stones!

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Honey Tigereye Beads - 8mm Round - Full Strand
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Lots of new beads to be listed in my shop soon, included banded amethyst with a matte finish!

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Mookaite Beads - Matte Finish - 6mm Round
$4.30

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.

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More information

Last updated on Mar 23, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Sizing details

I do my best to provide measurements for all of my beads, but sizes and drill holes measure quite a bit in natural gemstone beads. All measurements listed are approximate only.

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 man made. If you'd like to know about a particular gemstone, please ask me.

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.stowawaybeads.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.

See "Gemstone Grades" below.

Gemstone Grades

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.

Gemstone Grades, Cont.

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.

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.