Saturday, October 22, 2005

Home From Murano & Back In Stock

It was a very successful trip to Murano and Venice and our new beads will begin arriving in late November. The bead making industry in Venice still thrives, though I estimate there are fewer than 300 people who make beads on a daily basis either as employees of small companies or as a cottage industry where they work at home. I prefer to work the the cottage industry side as much as possible, because we can work directly with the beadmaker, rather than through a company. This allows us to influence the design, the processes and also gives us flexibility in scheduling delivery.

We always take catalogs from the US which feature the beads from our Murano and Venetian beadmakers. They love seeing their beautiful beads in the jewelry and recognize the names of prestigious US stores, such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and the other stores where our designers sell. It is very gratifying for them to know that others appreciate their work.

My last days there are always very hectic running between beadmakers to look at the samples we have been making and finalizing the orders. I made a final trip to the furnace where we are making canes for our new beads. We will have our first Furnace Glass Beads by early November. It was easy to make the samples and we loved the colors, but getting production ready was the challenge. As my first love in the glass furnace, this is an exciting project which combines our beads and the furnace. Our furnace designed and built the machinery we are now using which will allow us to produce in large quantities high quality Venetian Glass Cane Beads. And on my last day I got to make beads at the furnace. We will make an announcement when they are available. will be the exclusive distributor for the beads in the US and the furnace will distribute in Europe.

New Arrivals:

SoftFlex 925 Sterling Silver .014 Wire 30 Ft

SoftFlex 925 Sterling Silver .019 Wire 30 Ft

Back in Stock:

8mm Millefiori Beads Topaz, Black/White, Amethyst, Crystal/Multi

Crystal/Gold 8mm Round Popular 8mm Crystal/Gold

Ciao, Brenda

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