October classes and events

October classes are up! If there are any specific classes you’d like to see during the ramp-up to the holidays, please let us know. We’re working hard on hammering out the November and December schedules.

As always, please call the store at 303-786-9746 to reserve a space in a class!

  • Saturday 10/1: Knotted Mala
  • Sunday 10/2: Channel Wrap Bracelet
  • Saturday 10/8: Roman Era Glass Necklace
  • Sunday 10/9: Sundance Style Necklace
  • Saturday 10/15: Mala with Fancy Tassel
  • Sunday 10/16: Wrapped Wire Hoop Earrings
  • Saturday 10/22: Stretch Bracelets
  • Sunday 10/23: Pearl Knotting
  • Saturday 10/29: Ice Resin Workshop
  • Sunday 10/30: Papier Maché Coffins

The Nomad staff is still tagging new material from the September show, and we’re continuing to add to an ever-mounting heap of gorgeous goodies.

Three Days at Nomad: Voices of the Stones

Voices rondelles

Carole and Mary of Voices of the Stones will be at Nomad starting Sunday, September 11, and running through Tuesday, September 13. We’re already starting to clear the tables for their arrival here at the shop.

We all hope you’ll stop in for this trunk show! Carole and Mary have incredible taste and will be bringing a huge selection of the finest in beads, ranging from just-for-fun glass beads to spectacular sapphires and other precious stones. They’ll also be bringing, for the first time, a concise selection of really good pocket and palm-sized rocks. Carole is one of the best when it comes to choosing stones for specific purposes, and we’re thrilled that they’re expanding a bit into this line.

September classes and events

Nomad will be closed on Monday, September 5. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend, everyone!

Weekend classes for September are up! As always, please call the store at 303-786-9746 to reserve a space in a class.

  • Saturday 9/3: Stretch Bracelets
  • Sunday 9/4: Love Beads Necklace
  • Saturday 9/10: Knotted Mala
  • Sunday 9/11Tuesday 9/13: Voices of the Stones Trunk Show
  • Saturday 9/17Sunday 9/18: No classes scheduled, including NO FREE CLASS Saturday morning
  • Saturday 9/24: Briolette Earrings
  • Sunday 9/25: Aspen Leaf Spiral Earrings

Lots of events this month, so our class list is somewhat abbreviated.

Please stop in for the Voices of the Stones trunk show starting Sunday, September 11. We will have two tables packed full of Carole and Mary’s top-notch goods, ranging from one-dollar crystal strands to thousand-dollar sapphires. This show is one of our favorite events and there is always something new and wonderful to find.

We’ll also be taking a class break on the weekend of September 17-18, since most of our staff will be shopping at the Denver wholesale shows. Please stop in after this weekend to check out some of our new loot! Get the first pick of whatever goodies we manage to find! What kind of goodies, you ask? We don’t know yet!

August classes and updates

About time we did a front-page update! Summer’s been incredibly lively and as always we thank everyone who comes in to Nomad for their time and kind appreciation.

Class schedule is up! As always, please call the store at 303-786-9746 to reserve a space.

  • Saturday, August 13: Hammered Squiggle Earrings
  • Sunday, August 14: Knotted Mala
  • Saturday, August 20: Mala with Tassel
  • Sunday, August 21: Channel Wrap Bracelet
  • Saturday, August 27: Three Tier Drop Necklace
  • Sunday, August 28: Advanced Knotting with Tiny Gemstones

Passers-by may have noticed long strands of multicolored paper cranes accumulating near our class table at the back. We’re still assembling our thousand (and more) paper cranes for the September window. Paper, printed instructions, and guidance from the now-expert staff will all be available from 10-11 on Saturdays and 11-noon on Sundays. Come pick up a new skill, contribute a few cranes for International Peace Day, and take your favorite finished piece home!

And we have a couple of little sales this month:

  • 8/1 through 8/15: All pearls 10% off!
  • 8/16 through 8/31: All Designer Tag Sale bags 20% off!
  • Like Nomad on Facebook and get a coupon for 5% off a single Nomad item!
  • Like Adorned on Facebook and get a coupon for 5% off a single Adorned item!

Seeking Local Artists for Adorned, Nomad’s Companion Jewelry Store

Looking for Local Jewelry Artists to Consign work at Adorned:
Jewelry Artists:

Are you looking for an outlet for your pieces? Nomad Bead Merchants is opening a companion jewelry store, Adorned, in early April.  It will be located next to Nomad, at 1909 9th Street in Boulder, kitty-corner from the St. Julian Hotel. We are looking for high-quality locally made jewelry to consign. Each artist will have to submit a representative sample of the work they wish to put in the store (12-15 pieces), with suggested retail pricing, for consideration to a jury of the owners for review. Our goal will be to pull together an eclectic sampling of different kinds of work for our customers. Silversmiths, jewelers and beading artists of all persuasions are welcome to apply.

We will begin scheduling our reviews as of March 1, and are going to ask that you leave your pieces with us for a few days. We will seriously consider all submissions, and will try to provide useful feedback if we find we are unable to accept your work. Originality of design and quality of material and finish will be critical to a positive outcome.

Pricing may run from $15 up to $5000 per piece. Adorned will pay 50% of the sales price to each artist. Consignment fees will be calculated and paid monthly, on or around the 10th of each month. Please be assured that we have a lot of experience with consignment, and that we are scrupulous with our consignors and pay promptly.

If you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, please send an email to Mary at mary@nomadbeads.com

Treasure trove has arrived at the shop

We’re baaaaack.

And man are we tired. Team Nomad lucked out this year with fine weather both coming and going. While we heard plenty about last week’s snowstorm, we didn’t really witness any of it – nothing left at this point but slush and some impressive grimy snow piles in parking lots.

First things first: We are hosting Voices of the Stones for a weekend trunk sale on February 20th-21st. Many of you are familiar with these ladies and their impeccable taste in stone and jewels. We will be filling up both of the large front tables with their stock. Most stuff will be priced as marked; their retail prices are close to 30% off our standard retail, so there are some amazing deals here as well as amazing materials!

The loot in Tucson was top notch this year. We have a massive haul of truly lovely things that we’re scrambling to get priced and out, including heaps of beautiful 8mm rounds in unusual materials – green garnet, Burmese jade, several varieties of moonstone, matte-finish banded agate and much more.

Materials were very diverse. I’d say that we got the best run of relatively inexpensive stuff we’ve seen in ages, which means we had some budget left for lovely, pricey things as well.

Some quick snaps from the top of the pile:

Banded agateSilk ribbonsChrysocollaBluesSodalite

Please come in and check out what we’ve brought back! We’re thrilled with what we were able to find and hope you will be as well.