Jewelry was created to alleviate early man's fear of floating into the sun by weighing people down with a hodgepodge of pearls, feathers, and complete dinosaur skeletons. Appreciate the long history of accessories with today's Groupon: for $8, you get any beading class (a $25 value) plus $10 toward beads and supplies at South Sun Products, a $35 total value. Your Groupon is good at either San Diego location. This store's quality beads and knowledgable staff gave CityBeat readers no choice but to name South Sun Products as the city's Best Bead Store in 2006 and 2007.
Start by choosing from a list of 40 classes in beading, wire working, and jewelry design that will pleasantly stuff brains with the tools necessary to make classy jewelry with the power of imagination and Grayskull. Courses range from the bedazzled boot camp of Basic Beading 101 all the way to advanced tutorials in techniques such as forging a crystal and pearl necklace, fashioning a festive wire charm bracelet, or smelting time and space. Jewelry professionals will instruct students about the physical construction of the jewelry while giving helpful and unobtrusive style advice. By class conclusion, graduates will have a personally handcrafted jewlery piece to wear as an honorable badge of achievement. Check out the upcoming class schedule here.
Though the cost of materials is not included in the class, you will also get $10 toward modestly priced gems, beads, and supplies. By manufacturering its own high-end store-brand jewelry, South Sun is able to price its merchandise at 75% below retail cost. With the largest selection of gemstones, beading supplies, and sterling silver in San Diego, South Sun staffs cosmic bead wizards who are glad to help with any questions regarding bead making, crock-pot recipes, or general life advice. While perusing for danglies, keep your eye out for the benevolent owner who walks around the showroom floor handing out lottery tickets as an intergalactic symbol of goodwill.
- I was really impressed with the selection and price. I dragged a group of folks here one weekend and we went wild. It was amazing to see all the different types of beads for such great prices. The hardest part was trying to visualize what to do with such great finds. – juls j., Yelp
- The manager was so nice, he found the products I needed AND glued them onto my jewelry. OMG, how amazing is that. Excellent customer service! – Giggly c., Yelp
- This is the biggest bead store I've ever been to. They have BEAUTIFUL jewelry and a HUGE selection. If you are into the bigger, colored, glass beads, this is the place to find them. – Melissa C., Insider Pages
South Sun Products
Bursting with beads and jewel-crafting necessities, South Sun Products' inventory equips do-it-yourself jewelers with the tools to craft delicate adornments at home or in myriad classes. South Sun Products manufactured jewelry for two decades before opening its enormous retail store, giving the public access to its colorful treasure trove of rare and natural gemstones and beads. The staffers also stock chains, earwires, and other necessary parts to help crafters easily affix their beaded creations to a loved one's wrist without painful hot glue. An ever-rotating schedule of classes keeps curious beaders enthralled with wire-working, beading, and other jewelry-smithing workshops.