Vintage Bead Earrings Bracelets Necklaces Debby Arem

Gaithersburg, Maryland
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Announcement    A vintage jewelry collection of hand knotted beaded necklaces, bracelets, earrings and fan pulls incorporating unique antique and vintage beads from the 1940's - 1980's . My enormous and rare inventory of components were acquired more than 35 years ago on buying trips all over the world with my husband. Many of these beads are impossible to find nowadays or are no longer even being produced.


Last updated on Sep 15, 2022

A vintage jewelry collection of hand knotted beaded necklaces, bracelets, earrings and fan pulls incorporating unique antique and vintage beads from the 1940's - 1980's . My enormous and rare inventory of components were acquired more than 35 years ago on buying trips all over the world with my husband. Many of these beads are impossible to find nowadays or are no longer even being produced.


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Sales 3,599
On Etsy since 2008

My Work Is My Passion And What I've Always Wanted To Do

I know how lucky I am because I'm one of those people who always knew what they wanted to do ' When I grow up ' .
Plain and simple, I always wanted to be an artist. And I was lucky enough to be able to take Saturday morning art lessons as a child at the Rhode Island School of Design which only fueled this desire.

A family friend who was an artist herself encouraged me as well but also told me never to just give my art away but to sell it . My art had value. What a powerful lesson.
Honore was also the impetus behind me marching into a jewelry shop in Provincetown, MA at the young age of 14 years old , bag of beaded earrings under my arm, and exiting soon after - proud as a peacock - with a check made out to me!
I had made my first sale and I was smitten.

I majored in Fine Arts in college and discovered the art of silk screen printing which tapped into my love of color and texture and confirmed what I had always known - my total inability to ever draw anything to save my life but my confidence and talent to combine nuances of color.

Upon graduation, I landed a job as an Exhibits Specialist at the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries museum and later became the Matter/Framer for the Print Dept. of the National Gallery of Art. Both very cool jobs but I wasn't my own boss and I wasn't able to be very creative.

My career as a jewelry designer evolved much later in my life when I married my husband Joel, a gemologist and mineralogist who taught me that to really feel fulfilled, you need to follow your dreams.
If you're a creative person you must be creative.
My dream of being an artist became a reality when I began designing hand knotted beaded necklaces, earrings and bracelets for friends in the early 1980s.

Encouragement is a priceless gift and because of Joel's support and my tenacity to never give up, I later approached buyers for various museum shops as well as high end department stores.. My jewelry was sold under the name "Beadles" during the mid 1980's in museum shops and mail order catalogs such as the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History, the Chicago Art Museum, Sackler Gallery and upscale stores such as Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue.
This led to numerous buying trips to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Europe, Africa and even Pakistan - always searching for unusual beads which I could use in my design work.

Many of these vintage beads are found in the jewelry that I sell in this shop.

I always used to wonder how people who worked for themselves could stay focused and know what to do every day. I had only ever worked for someone else. But I soon found out that if you truly LOVE what you're doing, there's no question as to what to do each day - if anything, there aren't enough hours in any day to do it all !

And now with the internet, I find this lack of enough time in each day is even more the case. I work every day but don't consider it work.

How can your passion be considered a job ?!
Please visit my other ETSY shops :
1. - Unique Geekery made from recycled circuit boards - Earrings, Broaches, Mens' Jewelry, Green Office products/ Clipboards,Key chains,Bookmarks) Clocks,etc.

2. - A supplies shop of vintage beads from the 1940's- 1980's and vintage faceted gemstones

3. - my husband Joel's private mineral and gem collection started in the 1950s and now being made available to the public

4. - a broad assortment of selected fine gemstones from all of the Americas: North, Central, and South

5. - a supplies shop of recycled circuit boards, electronic components , vintage metal stampings and plastic shapes

I am also a proud member of Etsy Vintage Street team, TeamEcoEtsy

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  • Debby Arem

    Owner, Jewelry Designer, Designer

    When people ask me how long I've been a jewelry designer I often have to pause because my initial response is around 40 years. But truth be told, I sold my first pieces of jewelry at the ripe old age of 14 while vacationing in Provincetown, MA.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 23, 2023
I value each and every customer and I'm delighted that you have chosen to shop in my store ! Almost all of the vintage beads that I have incorporated into my designs have a story behind them which I will gladly share with you.
Customer relations are extremely important to me and I pride myself on the authenticity of what I sell, how I package it, and being accessible to all of you should a question or a problem ever arise.

★ My jewelry is made in most cases with vintage beads which cannot be replaced.
The quality and uniqueness of my items does not allow for negotiation on prices. While I may offer special promotional sales from time to time (such as free shipping on U.S. orders only ) at my discretion, my prices are final as listed.

★ Please note that all my designs are copyrighted
© COPYRIGHT My designs, photos and descriptions are protected by copyright under the name BEADLES since the 1980s. They may not be duplicated, copied, reproduced and/or republished without permission or notice. All rights are reserved.
★ I am always listing new items so please "Favorite" my shop and you will see as soon as I list something new !

★ CUSTOM ORDERS are always welcome. Please contact me if you are so interested but please note CUSTOM ORDERS are not returnable. ★

★ All Forever In Style jewelry is made to order but can usually be shipped within 3 days of receiving payment.

Please read my SHOP POLICIES before making a purchase .

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits

Returns & exchanges

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Cancellations: not accepted

Please contact the seller if you have any problems with your order.

More information

Last updated on May 11, 2022

Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

I do custom work but please be aware that custom work is NON refundable and a final sale.

Once you approve your custom design , I require a 50% deposit .
Final payment is due when work is completed and I have notified you that your order is ready to be shipped.

Modifying a current design in my shop is also considered "Custom " and is also a final sale and non refundable.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Earrings, bracelets and necklaces always arrive gift wrapped . Earrings arrive in a little box tied with a pretty ribbon.
Bracelets and necklaces arrive in a vintage Chinese embroidered silk brocade purse all ready for gift giving.
◉ These vintage silk brocade purses are available for sale in 3 different sizes in my other Etsy vintage supply shop -

Giving a Gift?
I am more than happy to mail directly to the gift recipient!
Just add their shipping address in NOTES TO SELLER when you check out, and let me know that it is a gift. And of course I will NOT include a sales receipt in their package.

I am happy to include a gift enclosure with your message on it. Just let me know what you'd like me to write for you.

How often do you mail out orders?

I do my best to go to the post office Monday thru Friday as I know everyone is always anxious to get their orders. Most orders are shipped within 72 hours of receiving payment .

I ship to the address provided in the Checkout "SHIP TO" transaction section.
Etsy generates the shipping label that you the customer provide to Etsy and this is what we use.

Please be sure the address is accurate as many times the address that may appear on your PayPal account is different than where you actually want the item to be shipped.

The BUYER will be billed for the additional shipping fees if the package is returned to me because of an incorrect shipping address.

Are you able to modify an existing necklace?

I may be able to lengthen ( or shorten) a necklace for you if I have more of the beads that would be required in the design.
Price will then reflect additional beads plus labor.

I charge $2.50 an inch for re-stringing and knotting of any necklace or bracelet.
Re-stringing of pearls is $3.50 an inch.

I'd like a different ear wire - can you change the ear wires?

I am happy to switch out ear wires for you - sometimes there may be an additional cost depending on what you choose. Convo me if you would like different ear wires on the earrings you want to purchase.

Earrings are finished on either french ear wires, kidney ear wires, or lever back ear wires.
Posts are also available in gold filled.

I have ear wires in sterling silver, handmade oxidized sterling silver ,silver plated, gold filled, Bali handmade gold vermeil, antiqued brass, copper, surgical steel, oxidized black and niobium.


Layaway plans are available on a case by case basis.
A small initial non-refundable down payment is required and in most cases ,the balance is expected to be paid in full within 60 days.

Please send me a convo if interested in setting up a payment plan.

SELLER DETAILS: Address to mail me a money order or to return something

MY SHIPPING ADDRESS: For returns and money orders:
Debby Arem Designs
P.O. Box 5056
Laytonsville, MD 20882

I will notify you when I have received your money order and send you a confirmation when your order has shipped.

If you are returning something, once I receive it and verify that it has been returned undamaged in its original condition I will refund you your cost of the item MINUS your shipping cost to return it .

How can I be sure your " antique" Chinese pendants aren't reproductions

Many people sell such shards as 'antiques' and not the reproductions that they truly are and that are currently being exported from China.

I have the documentation to prove that all the porcelain shard pendants that I use in my designs are genuine Qing Dynasty ( 1644- 1911) or Ming Dynasty ( 1368-1644 ) antiques. I purchased a few of these gorgeous porcelain shards during a buying trip to Hong Kong during the late 1970's.
◉ You will be provided with a color copy of this document with this necklace.◉