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 $17, you get a jewelry-beading class at Beads of Westchester (a $35 value), located across the street from the Westchester Mall in White Plains.
Beads of Westchester's quaint storefront façade conceals a bevy of beads, semi-precious stones, ancient shape-shifting relics, and jewelry-making supplies, including southwest turquoise, fresh-water pearls, Czech glass, and Pandora-style beads. The bead emporium hosts a variety of jewelry-making classes for budding beaders of all abilities. Begin your beadification with an introductory wire-wrapping or stringing class, which supplies the beads, wires, and clasps and teaches you how to incorporate them into a piece of jewelry or miniature abacus. By the end of your two-hour session, you will have created two pairs of earrings or a semi-precious stone bracelet to adorn your ears or neck. Both staff-taught classes meet at various times throughout the week, so you can bedazzle at your own schedule.