2018 Schedule for Speakers & Events

Wednesday, March 7, 2018,
Bead Society Outing to the GIA in Carlsbad

Want to spend an afternoon with the world's foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones and pearls? The Bead Society is hosting a special day outing for its members to the GIA in Carlsbad on March 7th.

DOWNLOAD the reservation form - Limited Seating
$30. per person - price includes bus transportation and a splendid lunch!

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - Darryl Dean Begay

Darryl Dean Begay on silversmithing March 2018 at the Bead Society

When Darryl was in college in Arizona, he thought about a career in accounting. But in the summer of 1997, between his sophomore and junior years, he worked by the side of his uncle, silversmith Bobby Begay. The one-month stint changed his college major, as well as the course of his life, and he realized that carving and designing came naturally to him in a way accounting never could.

Darryl uses the traditional Navajo tufa casting process which dates back to the 1850's and requires the artist to carve a double-sided design into the tufa before pouring in molten gold or silver. He then combines the intricate metal work with his favorite high-grade stones. Begay has been taught tufa casting and lapidary by some of the best - Bobby Begay, Raymond Yazzie, Vernon Haskie, and Robert Sorrel. He continually remains open to new ideas.

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - the Art of Adorning

the Art of Adorning April 28, 2018

Header Image Credits: Carol Webb, Mountain-Robbins, Annette Hernandez

Mark your calendar for Saturday April 28, 2018 for the annual Art of Adorning held on the grounds of the Bowers Museum from 10AM until 4PM. Come early to get the best selection of artisan jewelry, antique and collectible beads, beading supplies, clothing and more!