By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Gifts & Decor | Issue: March 2010
Don’t miss The Bead Market, taking place at Tulsa’s Expo Square March 20-21, 2010. Admission is free.
Are you a lover of jewelry and accessories? Do you make and design jewelry, or are you interested in learning how? If so, March brings a can’t-miss event for you to Tulsa. The Bead Market will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21, in Central Park Hall at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St. Admission and parking are free.
The Bead Market is designed for anyone who enjoys making and designing jewelry, for bead store owners, and for anyone else who simply loves beads, jewelry and accessories. You’ll find gemstones, pearls, buttons, glass, tools, jewelry, lamp work, seed beads and a lot more. Rebekah Wills started The Bead Market five years ago – she has since done 14 shows a year in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Rebekah has been in the bead business for 25 years, and her work has been featured in national bead magazines for the past 15 years.
“Every country is represented in bead form at The Bead Market,” says Rebekah. “We have pendants from Nepal, Italian Murano glass, turquoise from China, Austrian crystal and pearls from Japan. We have beads from everywhere. You can literally walk around the world in one room.” What you won’t find at The Bead Market is plastic beads. The event offers only the real deal: semi-precious gemstones, natural pearls, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, amethyst and more.
Classes will be held throughout the event, for both beginners and advanced jewelry makers. “The person who teaches the classes is a nationally acclaimed instructor who has taught all over the world, including Italy. She has also been featured in national bead magazines. You’ll be learning from the best in the business.” Interested parties may sign up to receive a postcard with class schedules at www.thebeadmarket.net.
Bear rabbit bracelet by jewelry artist Jelcy Romberg.
According to Rebekah, jewelry making is hot right now, both as a hobby and as a way to make a living. “With the recession, a lot of people are making jewelry and selling it to friends and neighbors as extra income. A lot of others are making it their primary income and starting their own businesses,” she says. “People are getting really excited about making jewelry. We have seen no downturn in business, in spite of the economy.”
The Bead Market hours are Saturday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.thebeadmarket.net for more information on class schedules and becoming an exhibitor.
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Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.