a2zDesigns

VINTAGE BEADS and Unique jewelry design elements

Berkeley, California · 32607 Sales

a2zDesigns

VINTAGE BEADS and Unique jewelry design elements

Berkeley, California 32607 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Robin

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Announcement   Please check back often! I am back from my travels and continue to list (new) vintage finds. So many unique and rare beads and other supplies for your Jewelry designs 🌷

Wellcome ! Why shop here? I am a Vintage Bead Detective and continue to find rare and unusual vintage beads and jewels and stones. Looking for something special to create OOAK jewelry? This is the place :) Japan, Czech, West German art glass, beads, vintage rare pieces...I am always on the hunt for vintage, rare and the not-so-common. Please enjoy :)

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Vintage Swarovski lovers - I have a treasure trove of all sorts of rare and hard to find Swarovski beads and stones. I am trying my darndest to photograph these but the colors are so hard to capture. PLEASE feel free to convo me if you are looking for something in particular...I have cardinal, mink and other rare colors...

If you are looking for something special, please ask via a convo...I just may have it tucked away.

For those new to my Shop, PLEASE read my Shop policies prior to purchase so there are no surprises.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/a2zDesigns/policy?ref=shopinfo_policies_leftnav

Thanks :)
Robin, Bead Detective

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Last updated on Jun 12, 2017

Please check back often! I am back from my travels and continue to list (new) vintage finds. So many unique and rare beads and other supplies for your Jewelry designs 🌷

Wellcome ! Why shop here? I am a Vintage Bead Detective and continue to find rare and unusual vintage beads and jewels and stones. Looking for something special to create OOAK jewelry? This is the place :) Japan, Czech, West German art glass, beads, vintage rare pieces...I am always on the hunt for vintage, rare and the not-so-common. Please enjoy :)

FB fans always get a jump on Coupons! Please LIKE me on Facebook for the latest news, new listings, coupons and specials. Click the LIKE button above at the top right or visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/a2zDesigns/286372050509?ref=hl

Vintage Swarovski lovers - I have a treasure trove of all sorts of rare and hard to find Swarovski beads and stones. I am trying my darndest to photograph these but the colors are so hard to capture. PLEASE feel free to convo me if you are looking for something in particular...I have cardinal, mink and other rare colors...

If you are looking for something special, please ask via a convo...I just may have it tucked away.

For those new to my Shop, PLEASE read my Shop policies prior to purchase so there are no surprises.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/a2zDesigns/policy?ref=shopinfo_policies_leftnav

Thanks :)
Robin, Bead Detective

Robin

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5 out of 5 stars
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gozerthegozarian

gozerthegozarian on Jun 20, 2017

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So pretty for a focal point on a stretchy summer bracelet!

gozerthegozarian

gozerthegozarian on Jun 20, 2017

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Why can't modern-day Swarovski beads be as nice as theses??? Always go VINTAGE!

gozerthegozarian

gozerthegozarian on Jun 20, 2017

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I don't quite know what color "vitrial" is, but vintage vitrial AB Swarovski is my favorite color bead and the aspirin shape is great for laying flat on a wrist. These are amazing beads.

gozerthegozarian

gozerthegozarian on Jun 20, 2017

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Lovely and delicate, they don't make them like these vintage headpins any more. The ones you buy cheaply from China will be thick and, well, cheap. This is the real deal.

gozerthegozarian

gozerthegozarian on Jun 20, 2017

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I've looked at these weird old spinner pendants for a while, finally succumbed. Can't wait to find vintage cabs that deserve these grand old pendants!

redtulipquiltcarol

redtulipquiltcarol on Jun 13, 2017

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Fantastic vintage beads, perfect transaction!

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Ellen Stokes on May 25, 2017

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Ellen Stokes on May 25, 2017

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OMG, these are so awesome!

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Exquisite antique Czech bohemian glass stones in colors of that era, 1920s/1930s. Glass was made to resemble gemstones, i.e. faux lapis, faux jade, faux coral. These were molded and then painted or perhaps enameled, rendering of a bird. Rare indeed!
November 20% off SALE! I will be listing lots of beautiful vintage stones and beads from my personal stash and recent bead digs! Everything on sale during November. Keep checking back for new listings.
Newly excavated from my overflowing mountain of vintage beads. Includes highly collectible rare Swarovski. Vintage west German and Japanese cherry brand. Also will be listing as found Czech pendants approx 90 years old !!!
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About

Vintage Bead Detective

Ever since I can remember, I have been hooked on mysteries, travel, vintage and the arts. Research is fun when you are curious. And old beads always have a story to tell.

A few years ago I finally had time to learn to create jewelry and started looking for, researching and purchasing vintage beads. I actually loved finding the beads as much as creating, always seeking vintage and the unique. I started listing my overstock on etsy, becoming one of the very first supplies sellers of vintage beads.

Wherever I go, I look for beads. I have traveled the world and the web (!), trawling for vintage finds. There is a certain thrill that comes with finding or "detecting" these old hidden "gems". And so I continue...

BTW, I am always up for a bead detecting challenge. If you are looking for something specific, I just may be able to find it. Feel free to ask. Actually, it will likely be somewhere in my overflowing house so you will be doing me a favor:)
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Shop members

  • Robin

    Owner, Curator, Bead Detective Extraordinaire

  • RAZ

    Chief Mischief Maker

  • CB

    Sleuth-in-Training

Shop policies

Last updated on March 29, 2016
A2zDesigns is your source for vintage and unique beads, cabs, cameos and jewels. I am a supply sleuth, ferreting out wonderful vintage and unusual finds to make your jewelry even more unique and special. Contemporary discoveries sometimes find their way into the shop if deemed particularly unique and special.

PLEASE COMMUNICATE...PLEASE do so via a convo via etsy.. Please DO NOT use email (I do not use email for this purpose.)

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment
Paypal and credit cards can be used for payment. On rare occassions, exceptions can be made. Please convo directly for more information.
Shipping
U.S. SHIPPING
Orders are usually shipped within 5 business days after purchase.
They will arrive at the hands of the USPS timeline, which, as you may know, can be slower than wished for. If you require your items within a specific timeline, please convo me directly just to be sure.

All US shipping is via the USPS. Tracking and delivery confirmation are included. If you are interested in insurance, please contact me so that you can arrange to pay in advance for that service.
SALES TAX: California buyers only, at the rate of 8.75% ): (Shipping costs are not taxed)


INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING:
Yes, international shipping is available. Packages are shipped with a couple of days or purchase, excluding weekends. Please note that it is recommended that you purchase Global Priority, (contact me for specifics.) It can take up to 4 weeks for delivery. Please be patient. Due to the occassional missing packages via customs, please note that there can be no guarantees of delivery unless insurance is purchased as well. Tracking and delievery confirmation are NOT included as the cost is porhibitive. If you want that service, please contact me ahead of time.
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If you have questions, PLEASE use the convo feature on etsy. Please DO NOT use email for that purpose.
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Refunds and Exchanges
If there is a problem PLEASE contact me via convo to work it out...I am more than happy to work with you. I want you to be satisfied with the items you purchase. If there is a problem, please CONVO me via etsy asap. Exchanges or refunds (minus return shipping charges) are given after the item is returned.

Please note that most of these unusual and special pieces are vintage, and as such may be a bit dusty or have minor imperfections. If you are not satisfied, PLEASE convo me rather than leaving negative or neutral feedback. Thanks so much :)
Additional policies and FAQs
1. We are all human.
2. It is important that you be satisfied with your order.
3. Communication is key. Please do so via the Etsy CONVO feature, NOT via email.