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Discover the most popular products at, and find out why so many people love them! In addition to our products with the highest ratings, this section contains some of our employees’ favorite products along with our most impressive product reviews from customers like you. These products are sure to inspire you as you strive to make gorgeous, high-quality beaded jewelry and craft designs.

Bead Storage Solutions

June 2nd, 2016 · No Comments

Experienced beaders and novices alike are always trying to find great ways to store their jewelry-making supplies. Whether you work in your own studio or take some space on your kitchen table for designing, it’s easier to work when your supplies are organized, easy to access and visible! Elizabeth Ward came up with the Bead Storage Solutions system with all of these factors in mind.

Bead Storage Solutions

These trays feature removable clear containers in a variety of sizes. The containers close individually and can slide around within the tray, meaning you can group your components however you want and move them with ease if you need to rearrange! The tray also comes with a clear lid, which will keep the smaller containers in place if traveling (and you’ll still be able to see your beads). A sheet of labels is included with the 45-piece Bead Storage Solutions assorted storage tray set and the 82-piece tiny container storage tray, so you can keep everything organized. Here’s a tip for easy labeling: use the sticker from your Artbeads order! Just take the label off of your order bag and place it on the lid of the container you want to use.

We love this system and so do our customers! Here’s what Artbeader “piasm” has to say:

My bead collection has grown rapidly, and with each wave of new beads, I invent new ways to store them…This compact, sturdy unit has, so far, been a delight. All of my 15/0 and 11/0 beads are now stored compactly in 3 stacking units that sit right beside me at my work area, making it an ease to mix and design. These clear little containers, that open and close in a snap…take up a mere fraction of the space. My work space tends to get crawling with beads of a hundred types between designing and trying different techniques and projects, but this setup seems to keep my space so tidy and prevents runaway beads. The tray cover adds to tidiness by preventing dust (and cat hair) from settling between work sessions.

Artbeader Carole loves the storage system because “it’s neat, compact and easy to find what I’m looking for.” Take a look at how she’s using her Bead Storage Solutions trays:

Artbeader Carole's Bea Storage Solutions Trays

All of her beads are easy to see and perfectly organized!

Artbeader Rael loves the system because the containers are “easy to grip to remove from their tray…Each little container is securely locked and slides into place and then they are covered by a locking lid for extra security.” Rael not only uses the locking lid for extra security – she thinks it makes a nice extra bead tray while you’re working, too! Here’s another tip from Rael on how to use those labels: “I’ve used the stickers that come with the box to write the size and color. I keep a sticky note inside the lid to write down the colors I am short of.”

Bead Storage Solutions Trays

You can purchase the Bead Storage Solutions tray and containers separately to mix and match the storage options you need for your stash! Find tiny, small, medium and large containers that slide right into any Bead Storage Solutions tray!


Artbeader “RagdollMama” loves these containers: “The flip top on these containers is so secure but easy to open and durable enough that if you drop a container it doesn’t shatter or spill the contents all over the floor!”

It’s clear that these trays are the way to go if you want an organized work space! Now you can add to your system with the Bead Storage Solutions work in progress tray.


This tray includes a bead design board and a foam bead design board cover. With this tray, you can take your works in progress on the go and they will stay secure between beading sessions! Since this tray is the same size as the other trays in the system, it is stackable. You can easily add it to your system.

Try out the Bead Storage Solutions trays for yourself and see how they can keep your beads in order, while still allowing your creativity to flow! Already using the Bead Storage Solutions system? Leave a product review to let us know how you like them or share with us on our Facebook page.

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Keeping Customers Happy

October 29th, 2014 · 3 Comments

It’s always good to hear when we are doing something right. We recently heard from Eva K., one of our customers, who had lots of lovely things to say about us:

I wanted to drop a note to just say how much I appreciate your company. As a new small business just starting up, I have run into my share of bad customer service and getting “taken to the cleaners”…and only in the last few months!

I have come to trust your company for CONSISTENT quality in products. CONSISTENT speed in shipping. CONSISTENT low prices and then coupons that customers can actually use WITH sales! (How amazing is THAT?) Then, a Crystal Rewards Program (FREE) where customers earn FREE credits to use to purchase more products in the future as they make their regular purchases! It can get almost addicting…;-)

I actually had to return some items (which I hate to do and so rarely attempt), but only because I realized I couldn’t use them. I called your customer service line and got a very friendly and professional lady on the phone. Her name was Mariah. Instead of what I get from other companies; “Well, there is a ‘restocking’ fee and we won’t pay for shipping,” I got “How would you like your refund?” and “Oh, why do you need our address? It should be on the label you print out for the shipping.” What? “Oh, no, we certainly wouldn’t expect our customers to pay for a return! And we try to keep our shipping costs as low as possible as well.” Well, duh. I DID know that part. I order enough from your site!

 I should not have been surprised by all of this as it is all just basic good customer service. It’s just that it’s so RARE. That’s sad, I know.  HOWEVER, Artbeads is doing it right, doing it WELL, and doing it CONSISTENTLY! That makes me a loyal customer and strong supporter of your company. Thank you!”

Thanks for the excellent feedback, Eva! What do you have to say? Check the box on your next order to review our store or add your comments to our Facebook page. You can also email us with your feedback at You might just be featured right here on our blog!

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Summer 2011 Jewelry Trends

May 26th, 2011 · 1 Comment

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Summer is just around the corner, so be ahead of the game by being in the know about what’s next! There are a few different avenues to take depending on your personal style, although bright colors are appearing to dominate. We’ll be seeing a lot of throwbacks to the 80s with loud colors in patterns ranging from checkered to stripes, even polka-dots. We have a great collection of acrylic beads in a variety of colors that would work great in creating your colorful summer jewelry. Summer seems to be the time to experiment.

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The other big trend for summer is a natural, earthy look. Materials like wood and shell are growing in popularity, and will spill into the summer season. Wood beads, shells, and gemstones are the right choices!  The idea is to imitate elements found in nature—finding things without structure. Chunky stones are your best bet. Take a look at our collection of gemstones, shell beads and wood components to put together your own fashion trend. Below are a few ideas from the learning center to help you get inspired!

Summer Carnival Bracelet
Tree of Doors Necklace


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Prom 2011 Jewelry Trends

May 18th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Looking for the right accessories to make prom a night to remember? We’ve got a great collection of jewelry supplies so you can create your own unique look without spending a fortune. I’ve searched for the hottest trends coming up for this year’s prom, and depending on the cut of the dress and how hair is worn, the choice in jewelry may differ. However, the most popular looks include drop pendant necklaces, cuff bracelets and chandelier earrings.

Purple and black are the two hottest colors this year, if you’re still shopping around for a dress. Our pendants come in lovely amethyst tones and black hues and will make your special princess sparkle.

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If a necklace with a drop pendant is not the right style, another trendy look is layered necklaces that rest on the décolleté (the collar bone area).  

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Just had to add this fun look! This teen wore a prom dress made completely out of Starburst candy wrappers! It took her mom 6 years and many failed attempts at style designs to make the finished product. She even made her daughter matching shoes and a handbag. Have fun with the prom and create great memories with originality! Find your favorite pieces here and make something that no one else will have.
You don’t need to spend tons of money to stand out. Our learning center ideas offer free inspiration, and we offer great prices on incredible supplies.


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Spring Fashion Inspiration from the Learning Center

April 20th, 2011 · No Comments

Another report on what’s hot this season: chokers, cuff bracelets, and drop earrings. Chokers will add elegance to your look without being too drastic. The fashion is ideal for eveningwear. For an edgy look, wear a cuff bracelet. The simple concept can be decorated with metallic or sparkling material for a little more pizzazz without going over the top. The other big trend is drop earrings, specifically the dropped chandelier look. A clean, white diamond or pearl is ideal. If you want to add color, keep it simple. Find inspiration from our learning center, including these Classic Bridal Earrings in a chandelier style. This idea includes another hot trend—yellow gold. Be sure to check out more fun ideas!


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Spring 2011 Fashion Colors

March 30th, 2011 · No Comments

The fashion industry has established Honeysuckle as the number one color in fashion for this season, but there are plenty of other colors that are hot for spring 2011. According to Pantone’s Fashion Color Report in New York Fashion Week, the idea behind spring fashion colors is the chance for consumers to escape from everyday life and explore exotic places. The inspirations come from places like Africa, Turkey, and Peru, and include both warm and cool tones for nice combinations. Honeysuckle, a bright pink-red hue, is the top color choice overall. However, other warm colors like Coral Rose and Beeswax will be popular too. The more tropical feelings eluded from Blue Curacao (a shade similar to last year’s top color Turquoise) and Peapod are the suggested hues to pair with the lighter colors. Peapod is more of a spring green, fitting for the season. Lavender is another color that would go nicely with any of these shades. The trend also includes neutral colors that have transitioned over from fall, like the deep brown tone of Russet and neutral tones like Silver Peony and Silver Cloud. All of these colors can be mixed and matched with each other for beautiful contrast.


We’re looking to find what your favorite color for spring is! Visit our Facebook page to find out more!

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Large-Hole Beads at Your Fingertips

December 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

Caspia Large-Hole Beads & Jewelry Supplies

One of the hottest trends this season, large-hole beads have been showing up everywhere. Our Caspia Collection features everything you need to capitalize on this trend and make fashionable jewelry in a snap. With beads ranging from casual to elegant, this style is easy to adjust to fit personalities and personal tastes.

Browse our Caspia jewelry ideas to get inspiration for your own jewelry designs or see what other customers have enjoyed in our new Top Rated Caspia section. To make the cut, the products in this section must have received the highest marks in quality, value and appearance.

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Top Rated Tools & Supplies

September 27th, 2010 · No Comments

Top Rated Tools & Supplies

Having the right tools on hand can make all the difference in the look and quality of a jewelry design or craft project. To help you find just the right tools, has recently added a tools and supplies section to their top rated page. These tools are the ones that customers have found most helpful. To make this list, each item must receive the highest marks in quality, value and appearance. Check out the page to read the reviews and look at the tools for yourself.

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Top Rated Products

May 12th, 2010 · No Comments

top picks

Trying to find the best components for your designs can be difficult at times. You not only want to create a piece that looks stunning, you also want to use high quality pieces that hopefully don’t break your budget. For this reason, we created our Top Picks section. Included in this helpful section are top rated products broken up by categories such as gold, silver, charms and pendants as well as top selling products and staff favorites. To make a top-rated list each item must have received high marks for quality, value and appearance when being reviewed by fellow customers and jewelry designers. We continue to add new categories and update these sections as we receive more product reviews, so check back often to find the newest products that are exciting other jewelry designers. You can also give your opinion on our products by writing a product review. Or for all product reviews for, view our ratings page.

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March 30th, 2010 · No Comments Top Picks

Staying on top of the newest jewelry trends is simple with’s Top Picks. This is the perfect place to start, when you are having trouble deciding which pieces to add to your jewelry designs. Each section contains products that continue to be favorites of customers just like you. Top Rated pages contain items that have been given the highest reviews by customers. This means they have to receive high marks in quality, value and appearance. Whether you’re looking for top-rated Swarovski, silver, charms, glass or just the top-rated products from any section, you’ll find them here. You can also find items that continue to rate high on customer searches as well as employee favorites. Continue to return to these pages as we update them often, letting you know the latest trends and making it possible for you to stay ahead of the curve.

We would love to hear how you rate our products too. Share your opinion by writing a product review. Or for all product reviews for, visit our ratings page.

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