September classes; closed for Labor Day; upcoming events

New Sunday classes are up for September! Please give us a call at the shop (303-786-9746) if you’re interested in any of these.

The shop will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 1st.

Trunk show: Voices of the Stones, 9/5-9/6


Friday and Saturday, September 5th and 6th only! Come visit with Mary, Carole and the indomitable Emma, and check out their vast selection of gemstone beads and pearls. We’ll be filling up two of the large front tables, and there is always something gorgeous and exciting in the Voices stash.

New seed beads

Seed beads

We also have tons of new seed beads in, a special consignment lot from Beyond Beadery! Our current obsession with kumihimo has gotten us very interested in these bright little beads, and we have an extensive collection of varied sizes on hand.

Heidi is coming! More class updates! New stock!

Happy July everyone! Several updates:

One of our traveling friends sent us all of his Czech glass – he decided that he didn’t want to carry it all on the road any more. We’ve spent the last couple of weeks tagging four big boxes of Czech glass and getting it hung up. The windows look great and we’re really happy to have the beads with us. These are a wild mix of styles, with some highly eccentric color blends and some classics, priced as low as $3 a strand – which is a steal!

Heidi Kummli will be teaching a Crystal Clay/Bead Embroidery class on Saturday, August 2nd, from 10-2. These are two of her most awesome techniques and this is a great opportunity to learn both in one session. Sign up for this one in advance – we do require a deposit for Heidi’s classes. Details on the Sunday Class Schedule page, along with a few more classes for July: Ice Resin and the classic Sundance necklace.

We’re still sorting out the rest of the August schedule around the usual vacations, but expect to be teaching at least one earring workshop, a session of channel wrap bracelets, and a kumihimo braiding class! Stay tuned for more details.

May classes & events

Whoa! Thanks so much for making our visit to the Rocky Mountain Bead Society Bead Bazaar so awesome. We had an absolutely crazy weekend and met all kinds of fellow-traveler bead lunatics.

We have a trunk show! Come check out a selection from Thomason Stone, 114 new bags of new materials and styles which will be available for the month of May in the shop. Included: lots of beautiful abalone beads, bronzite, rhyolite, red tiger’s eye, poppy jasper, turquoise (lots of beautiful styles and colors), tri-color tiger’s eye, jade, coral, amber and more.

In the course of prepping for the Bazaar, we had the opportunity to dig into some additional boxes of estate backstock, and as a result we have a huge assortment of new Thai and India silver priced and ready to go. We’ve set up an entire cabinet full, and some of these pieces are really exceptional.

Heidi Kummli will be teaching a class in loomed seed beads, which will create a piece big enough for a pendant or cuff, on Saturday June 14th. Keep an eye on future newsletters for more information!

New Sunday Classes are up! Call the shop if you wish to attend any of these.

April events

No freebie class on Saturday, 4/19. We will be running another session of Heidi Kummli’s incredibly popular mosaic pendant class, and the tables will be preempted. Please join us any other Saturday for basic wrapped loop and crimping technique!
We will be closed on Easter Sunday, 4/20.  
Nomad Bead Merchants will be at the Rocky Mountain Bead Society Bead Bazaar on April 26th and 27th! This is a first for us and should be lots of fun. Since we’ll be staffing two locations that weekend, no Sunday class!
The Sunday class schedule has been updated! Two sessions of Heidi’s mosaic pendant class (one already full) and more.

February and March events

Well, we’re back from Tucson, and it’s been a whirling madhouse from the day we returned. Many new events going on:

Trunk show! Voices of the Stones is here 2/22 – 2/25, Saturday through Tuesday! If you haven’t made it in for a Voices trunk show yet, you definitely should. Carole and Mary are experienced bead merchants and will be bringing us their wonderful stuff for the weekend. We’ll have two huge tables stuffed with strands to choose from. They carry a huge assortment of beads and pendants including glass, stone and pearls; prices are roughly 30% off retail.

Special class! Monday, 2/24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $20: Energy Anatomy and the Crystal Library, a Journey Through the Chakras with Carole White. When you complete this class you should be able to interpret the general meaning of stones without a reference book. You will learn applications to use different shapes of stones, and ways to use stones in your jewelry to maximize their metaphysical potential. Experiential exercises will help you fix the information in your mind. Subjects covered will include clearing, programming, working with angels and anchoring a light temple for continual spiritual growth.

We’re really excited about this! Carole has been working with stones for many years and has a gift for understanding their application. We’ll have the store open until 9:00 or 9:30 for shopping that evening. Please give us a call at 303-786-9746 if you’re interested in signing up.

New classes up on the Sunday Class Schedule page. We have stuff scheduled all the way out through the end of March, and activity has already been intense on some of these sessions. Check it out and give us a call if you’re interested.

New stock. Oh, boy, have we got new stock.

Tucson matte beryl

Matte-finish beryl pebbles!

Tucson metallic druzy

Fancy-finish druzy pendants and beads!

Tucson matte rounds

Gemstone rounds in matte finishes!

Plus so much more…pearls, gemstones, glass, crystal, we brought back so much stuff we’ve barely gotten most of it cataloged. Much of the new stock is on the front table right by the door; please stop by and take a look.

Tucson or Bust, pt2

Getting info out of Catherine and Jake has been a challenge. They’re just too busy shopping. Cath has been persuaded to send along at least a few pictures, at least.

Moonstone lepidolite

Moonstone and lepidolite – these are purchased and already in hand. Finally!

Tucson chrysoprase

Chrysoprase! We’re not sure about these yet; they’d run around $45 in the shop. Any thoughts? It’s lovely material.

That’s it for images from Cath in the last day, but she reports that Team Nomad has acquired:

  • Jade and lapis focals
  • Ocean jasper
  • Blue lace agate
  • Jade, moonstone, and lapis in 8mm
  • Garnet 6mm and 8mm

More updates as they come. It’s killing me not to be there!

Tucson or Bust, pt1

So here we are, your loyal Nomad Bead Merchants staff:

Nomad winter

And Team Nomad is here:

Nomad Tucson

Sorry about the gorgeous photo of a golf cart, but it’s what I have to work with. Look at that sky!

Yes! The road crew has arrived in Tucson and they are already shopping like madmen! Unfortunately I’ve had trouble getting any details from Catherine as she is too busy assessing what’s available and cutting deals on new stock. Early reports: Matte-finish semi-precious stones in 8mm, 6mm, 4mm.

can tell you that lots of new Roman-era glass is available, and while I’ve only gotten a couple of pictures so far, this one has me pretty excited:

Tucson roses

That dark red is to die for.

Hopefully more pictures once the initial stash gets hauled back to the condo for indexing.

Edit: Druzy!

Tucson druzy

January mini-sales, part 1

It’s that time of year – the lull between the holidays and the big Tucson trip. Much as we appreciate the chance to catch our breath, we are running some sales this month and will be introducing new ones through the middle of February.

Designer tag sale bags: 20% off!

Bargain bags

Hundreds of little bags of beads, pendants, and findings; stone, crystal, glass, and more. Have some fun digging through our giant basket of choices.

Vintage costume jewelry: 20% off!


The finest in faux adornment, from classy to brassy. We have lots of choices, many of them necklaces, dating from the 60s to the 80s.

Swarovski heart shaped pendants: 20% off!

Swar hearts

Put a twinkle in your sweetie’s eye! We have dozens of these to choose from, many in gorgeous and hard-to-find fancy finishes. Ask us about adding a simple bail so they can be hung from a cord or chain!

8mm turquoise rounds, regularly $60: $48/strand!

Sale turquoise

Been mulling over a special mala? Missing out on classic turquoise? These beautiful strands are out on the center table and are ready to string for spring. We have matching guru beads, and will be happy to bring them out upon request.

6mm larimar rounds, regularly $115: $92/strand!

Sale larimar

Rare and lovely material from the Dominican Republic, a bit of summer to brighten up the depths of winter, these need nothing more than new cable and a clasp to make them ready to go.

Note that the sale is limited to stock on hand, so if you’ve been craving any of these, come and get ‘em!

We’re also offering discounted pricing for a couple of classes this month: $35 (regularly $40) for the Floating Bead necklace on 1/26, and for the Sundance Style necklace on 2/9. If you’re interested, sign up now! Check out images and descriptions on our Sunday Class Schedule page.