There are days when I count my lucky stars to be creating social media posts for John Bead. As you can imagine, I have access to what I think is the world’s biggest bead store! Each time I venture into the warehouse I look up and wonder what might be on the top shelves, or in the extra rooms or around the corner. Working with Mr. Mike John and his son Daniel John has exposed me to more jewelry component knowledge than I could gain at a four year collage. Recently we announced that John Bead is celebrating its 60th year in business. In speaking to Mr. John, he commented that if you think about 60 years of buying…you can imagine that the warehouse has quite a few odds and ends from buying trends in the past. There are vintage items scattered throughout and I am hoping to help put a spotlight on some of them here on the blog.
This is how I feel about the John Bead Warehouse. There are treasures hidden and stored throughout the buildings and I want to see them all.
We’ll begin with these metal bead grab bags. They are in the catalog and I have never seen them in my catalog perusing travels. They are quite simply; SPECTACULAR! The colour options are antique gold, antique copper and antique silver. I took home two bags of each colour and had a wonderful time designing the pieces I am showing you today.
The bracelets seemed to make themselves. I found so many unique beads in each bag. Not knowing what I would find made it fun to open and sort each bag.
The antique silver looks gorgeous paired with turquoise.
The antique gold I paired with our new Fire and Ice Yellow agate beads. I only found one gold fish so I decided to feature him.
The antique copper looked great with so many colours. In the end, I let it shine by itself with only a few small additions.
I think these metal grab bags are my new favorite item in the catalog! I know there are not too many left and when they are gone they are gone.