About the Bead Society


The Bead Society has grown from a small group of ten women who shared a common interest in beads into a group of more than 200 members.

Our mission statement is:
“to provide the community with an educational resource in the artistic, historical, and intercultural significance of beads.”

We also support the Bowers Museum with their fundraising for museum programs.

Our membership fills an entire spectrum of related bead interests — and includes many avid collectors, historians, retailers, crafters, jewelers, importers, and world travelers, all in the name of beads. In recent years, our interest has expanded to include many other forms of fine craft that include or incorporate beads in their creation. Our members now include metalsmiths, fabric artists, polymer clay, wire wrapping, precious metal clay, and lapidary arts.

We invite you to find out more about us. Click on the navigation bar headings at the top of this page to get information about membership, events, workshops, and links to other bead sites.



Our About Us page shows a wonderful example of wire wrapping and beading by member Cheri Browning.