Discovering Keum-Boo

Technique Tuesday

A Touch of Gold: Roll Printing and Keum Boo | Francesca Watson
It’s a hot and sunny Tuesday here at the Bead Fest Headquarters, and we’ve been indulging in one of our favorite summer rituals—learning about unique jewelry art techniques! Continue reading “Technique Tuesday”

A look into the colorful world of Jesse James Beads!

Q&A with Sarah James

Jesse James Beads
Here at Bead Fest, we have spent hours browsing the vibrant collections, perfectly-organized pages and fun blog posts on Jesse James Beads’ website, and one of the most exciting aspects of Bead Fest’s Expo is getting to explore their gorgeous products in real life! Continue reading “Q&A with Sarah James”

A detailed look at one of our favorite stones!

May’s Birthstone: Emerald

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Tomorrow is the last day of May, and we can’t think of a better way to send one of our favorite months off than celebrate its birthstone–the emerald! When we think about emeralds, visions of vivid green, luxury and royalty come to our minds. Continue reading “May’s Birthstone: Emerald”


Give a warm welcome to our new 2017 instructors!

The Fresh Faces of Philadelphia

Exhibitor Diane Hawkey at Bead Fest Philadelphia 2016
For years, Bead Fest has introduced the best instructors, exhibitors and artisans to the East Coast’s jewelry arts community and 2017 is no exception! One of the most exciting aspects of Bead Fest Philadelphia is meeting the fresh faces each year. Continue reading “The Fresh Faces of Philadelphia”