Without jewelry, pearls would be nothing but oyster gallstones and treasure chests would contain nothing but dirty back issues of the Economist. Embrace the power of bling with today's Groupon: for $30, you get admission into a basic bead-stringing class at Ambrosia Bead Shop in Columbia (a $60 value).
This bead-bedecked establishment of embellishment boasts small class sizes and expert instruction, helping students adorn their ears, wrists, and décolletages with designs crafted by their own creative claws. Aspiring beadists will use provided materials such as semiprecious gemstones, glass beads, crystal beads, plated findings, and other body candy to construct either an 18-inch necklace or a bracelet and a pair of earrings.
Contemplate world ornamentation while utilizing headpins, ear wires, and crimp pliers to form your baubles. Or, spend your time mastering the intricacies of the shop's bead board and how to use it for design rather than evil. Class sizes are kept to a maximum of six stringing students to ensure ample access to the instructor and prevent doubling up of Brady Bunch nicknames, and all students will leave Ambrosia's ambrosial confines ready to shower the world with their haute hardware and ornamental know-how.
Ambrosia Bead Shop
Instead of pictures, the goldenrod walls of Ambrosia Bead Shop hold long strands of multicolored beads that shimmer under the glare of tiny track lights. The selection—which includes semiprecious gemstones, Swarovski crystals, and freshwater pearls—constantly changes: each month, the shopkeepers supplement their wares with new or exotic materials. The shop also hosts jewelry-making classes that cover a range of topics, from beading to metalwork to taming a swarm of fireflies so they form a tiara.