People often wear jewelry as a form of self-expression--for instance, wearing a necklace tells people, "Hey, my neck is strong and goes all the way up." Decorate your décolletage with this Groupon.
$15 for $30 Worth of Decorative Beads and Jewelry Supplies
Crafters create eye-catching jewelry pieces out of materials including 14-karat 2-millimeter rose-gold round beads ($6.50 for 10 pieces, $60 for 100), 2x4-millimeter red bamboo coral heishi ($9.40 per strand), and 2.1-millimeter sterling-silver flat cable ($4.25 per foot).
In 1986, Nancy Criswell set up her full-service bead store on the second floor of the historic Olney House in Olney, Maryland. At the time, she had little idea that the niche craft would soon explode in popularity, but after the meteoric growth of beading and the increasing number of local businesses willing to accept shiny baubles as payment, Criswell was able to expand her business to its present location—a 9,000-square-foot showroom in Rockville stuffed with over 18,000 different varieties of beads. There, the walls glisten with corrugated and smooth 14-karat gold spheroids, beads of sterling silver, and plenty of wire, findings, tools, and pliers to string them all together. Regular classes from nationally recognized teachers such as Stephanie Everett and Jessie Stern help students turn their hobby into an art form with instruction in topics ranging from chain mail and bead stitching to wirework.