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The Best Sources for Vintage Beads, Findings, and Jewelry Components

Margaret Schindel has designed, created and sold one-of-a-kind and custom handcrafted jewelry for decades. She loves sharing her techniques.

Vintage beads and jewelry supplies are, by definition, a limited and dwindling resource. Understandably, designers who know the best places to find them usually keep their favorites a closely guarded secret. So, when I started designing jewelry, it took me many years and a lot of hard work and research to suss out the best stashes of genuine vintage beads, stones, seed pearls, findings, filigrees, stampings, high-quality reproduction vintage jewelry components.

I've decided it's time to share some of my favorite sources with others who love working with vintage jewelry materials as much as I do. Some of them are well known to designers in the business, while others are lesser known gems.

Enjoy!

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What Makes Vintage Beads So Desirable?

They just don't make 'em like they used to! Swarovski's gorgeous special effects colors from a few decades ago just haven't been the same since they changed the coatings to use less dangerous and less expensive to produce processes and materials than they did in the vintage Swarovski crystal special effects colors. Now that they're moving to lead free crystal, it's hard to imagine that even the underlying crystal beads will have the same clarity and sparkle as leaded glass. And even good-quality contemporary glass pearls just don't hold a candle to vintage glass pearls from pre-World War II Japan. Vintage lucite beads and components are fabulous, fun, funky, and lightweight, which makes them great for larger, bolder designs.

Finding these increasingly rare treasures is a real challenge.

Two Valuable Shopping Tips

  1. Because of the nature of vintage jewelry supplies, the offerings are limited and change often, so you never know what goodies you'll find. It pays to check back often to see what's new.
  2. When you find vintage beads, chain, findings, crystals, etc., that you really love, buy them right away. If you wait to make up your mind you may well have missed your chance to get them. When rare vintage products are gone, they're gone for good!

My Favorite Sources

Many of the best sources will sell only to professional designers, and usually only to those who have a wholesale buying license, AKA a resale certificate. But there are some terrific places to buy that also are willing to sell direct to consumers. Here are some of my favorites.

  • A Grain of Sand
    This site has fabulous vintage and contemporary beads, stones and other components, including some rare items and great clasps. They also sell some gorgeous semiprecious stone beads. One of the few retail sources offering closeouts on vintage items.
  • beadbrats (Etsy)
    Beadbrats specializes in vintage beads (including nailheads), sew-on glass jewels, findings and trim. I've found some wonderful old West German pressed glass and Swarovski crystal beads, lovely cabochons, and rose montee sew-ons here.
  • Beading In The Rain (Etsy)
    Beading in the Rain sells some extremely rare and very beautiful vintage Swarovski beads and stones. There's always something drool-worthy in this awesome Etsy shop!
  • Bead Happily Ever After
    This site specializes in vintage Lucite beads, and also carries vintage Swarovski crystal beads and vintage cabochons and cameos. No minimum order, very reasonable shipping charges, and free shipping within the US for purchases of $50.00 and over.
  • beedhappy (Etsy)
    This terrific Etsy shop has a huge selection of vintage glass beads, glass cabochons, rhinestones and vintage brass findings.
  • Bonkers For Beads (Etsy)
    A fabulous choice of vintage and contemporary beads, stones, clasps, and other jewelry components, including some rare vintage beads and other NOS (new old stock) items. Some wonderful finds!
  • B'sue Boutiques
    Brenda Sue Lansdowne's online store carries a sensational assortment of vintage filigrees, stampings, bracelet and ring collage bases, beads, stones, charms, findings, glues and finishes, everything you need to make your own vintage-inspired jewelry.
  • Eastern Findings
    Eastern Findings is a terrific source for filigrees, screen and prong findings and vintage-inspired stampings. Orders under $25 are not accepted, and orders between $25 and $49.99 incur a $5 small order fee. Call or email them for a price quote.
  • Elvee/Rosenberg
    Elvee/Rosenberg carries a huge inventory of authentic vintage glass beads, stones, findings, etc., made for and imported by the company, mostly from Germany, Japan, Czechoslovakia, France and Austria. The vintage cultura glass pearls are gorgeous.
  • Estate Beads
    Estate Beads carries wonderful vintage clasps, beads, etc. plus contemporary beads, findings and supplies and vintage jewelry from collectible designers like Trifari, Miriam Haskell, Danecraft, James Avery, Weiss, Coro, and Christian Dior.
  • Jan's Jewelry Supplies
    Jan is great to work with, and always has cool and unusual vintage beads, stones, castings and findings at great prices. Find settings for your vintage stones and a wide variety of jewelry bases onto which you can glue or wire stones and filigrees.
  • JEWELEX.COM
    Jewelex.com claims to be "The Largest Online Source for Vintage Glass Beads and Findings" and the breadth of its selection is second to none. The prices are high, but the beads are phenomenal and you'll find rare treasures. Note: Turnaround is slow!
  • Vintage Bead Cache (Etsy)
    This Etsy seller specializes in new old stock (NOS) vintage beads, findings and other jewelry components and beads, mostly lucite, acrylic and plastic, produced in the mid-1950s for fashion jewelry designers and stored in warehouses for decades.
  • Vintage Beads
    Bettina Jordan has been buying and selling vintage beads since 1999. Her online shop contains a great selection of rare and unusual vintage beads.
  • VintageJewelrySupplies.com
    Susan Street is one of the best sources for high-quality vintage and reproduction vintage jewelry making supplies. Her huge selection of gorgeous brass filigree components with antiqued patinas, most made from vintage dies, are especially noteworthy.
A one-of-a-kind necklace and earrings set I designed, inspired by 1950s vintage Miriam Haskell jewelry. Made entirely from very rare vintage glass beads, vintage glass pearls and gold-plated components, and freshwater pearls.

A one-of-a-kind necklace and earrings set I designed, inspired by 1950s vintage Miriam Haskell jewelry. Made entirely from very rare vintage glass beads, vintage glass pearls and gold-plated components, and freshwater pearls.

Wholesale Discounts

For Professional Designers

Vintage beads and jewelry components are not often discounted, since they are in such scarce supply. But there are some discounts to be had.

The following resources offer wholesale pricing with minimum purchase amounts to jewelry designers who have a valid resale certificate / resale ID number.

  • Estate Beads - Wholesale
    See the description in the retail sources section, above, for a description of what they carry. Minimum wholesale order $200 with resale certificate or number. Wholesale discount is 15% off orders of $200-$499 and 20% off orders of $500 or more.
  • A Grain of Sand - Wholesale
    Link is to wholesale application; see retail resources above for what they carry. Approved wholesale buyers discounts on regular price orders: 20% off $100-$249; 25% off $250-$499; 30% off $500-$1499; 40% off $1500 or higher.
  • Wolf E. Myrow, Inc.
    Wolf E. Myrow is a wholesale-only dealer for closeout jewelry supplies and wholesale jewelry findings that stocks huge warehouse of hidden treasures. The website has a great page of vintage merchandise.
Vintage-inspired, one-of-a-kind, extremely dramatic formal drop earrings, a custom commission for a mother of the bride.

Vintage-inspired, one-of-a-kind, extremely dramatic formal drop earrings, a custom commission for a mother of the bride.

CJS Sales in New York City

A Vintage Beads and Supplies Paradise for Jewelry Designers

CJS Sales is like a dream come true for jewelry designers who work with vintage beads, crystals, stones, components and findings. Until this year, co-owners Carl and Elyse Schimel, a father-daughter team, had a vast 5,000 square foot warehouse of vintage jewelry supplies that was legendary among those in the know. Although I haven't been able to get back to New York to explore these treasures for myself, CJS has been written up in Accessories Magazine, Metal Clay Artist Magazine, Nylon and other publications. My close friend, colleague and editor of Creative Fire, Jeannette LeBlanc, was dazzled when she visited CJS Sales in 2016 to interview Carl and Elyse and was treated to a personal tour. She wrote an article about her visit to CJS so you can share her experience vicariously.

In 2017, Carl and Elyse lost their lease at the warehouse. Fortunately, they were able to find a smaller space just 200 feet east of their former warehouse, and moved there in August 2017. Although they had to downsize some of their inventory, there is no shortage of treasures at this new location.

This is not a place to browse casually. But if you're a jewelry designer who's in the market for rare and unusual vintage beads, stones, settings, findings and other vintage jewelry supplies that will make your designs stand out, CJS Sales needs to be on your bucket list.

CJS Sales is now located at 390 Fifth Avenue, Suite 411, New York, New York and is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. You can contact Elyse, who's in charge of sales, at (212) 244-1400 or at elyse@cjssales.com.

Don't Miss Out On eBay Auctions for Vintage Jewelry Making Treasures

Because vintage beads and components from the golden age of fashion jewelry design houses are in increasingly short supply, it's important to have as many potential sources as possible for the items you're looking for. eBay's vast number of sellers and products mean there are often vintage and, sometimes, rare treasures to be had by those who monitor the auctions daily. But, with so many auctions beginning all day, every day, who has the time? You will, if you automate your treasure hunts!

Set Up eBay Saved Searches With Notifications

Invest some time up front to set up eBay searches for the types, materials, shapes, sizes, colors, and brands of vintage beads, cabochons, and jewelry supplies you collect, then tweak them a few times to produce the most relevant search results you can. Once you're happy with the results, save those searches and subscribe to daily notifications for them. Then, every day, you'll be notified of all the new auctions that meet the criteria for each of those searches,.

You won't have to remember to go to eBay every day to run each of the searches manually, or risk missing out on something special on days where you forget or are too busy. This can be a huge time saver, especially when you are trying to find rare or unusual beads.

Questions & Answers

Question: I would like to tell you that you missed the real sleeper. How can I let you know?

Answer: If you think I missed a great source for these items, feel free to post your recommended source in the comments section. Please include information about wholesale pricing, if any, the types of vintage beads, findings and components they carry, and what makes them such a special/valuable resource. Your comment may or may not be visible to the public, but I will be sure to take a look. Thanks!

© 2010 Margaret Schindel

Did You Find Some New Sources for Vintage Beads and Jewelry Components In This Article?

Lily on August 25, 2020:

one of my very favorite sites is Antique Bead Peddler.com Large selection of real vintage beads and cabochons. Large selection of jewelry stampings.

Hannah on February 14, 2020:

An online favorite of mine is a shop on etsy, AlwaysADeal4u and General Beads!!

Tonya on December 09, 2019:

Yes. Appreciate it all.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on December 08, 2019:

Great tips, Jan! Rumart is wholesale only, as far as I know, but their findings and stamping are terrific.

Jan Elaine Wyman on December 08, 2019:

Wolf E Myrow is great.but dont miss out their source for some of the stampings is Toolcraft/Rumart in Johnston RI. Theyre in 1 building. Rumart has more modern stuff, but a sweet collection of tiny stampings. Toolcraft is more Victorian in style. They also have settings for those glass stones from Wolf E Myrows.get Toolcraft/Rumart catalog. And they can make stamps for you.

if you need jewelry making tools, try Contenti also in Providence RI. They do have a website. Very reasonable priced tools. Great specials. Wolf E Myrow is a huge warehouse, multi floor. Basement has unplated belt parts and more. 1st floor is stampings and findings galore. 1 up to left is room full of pearls of all kinds, sizes - i got hank of 4mm glass japanese pre ww2 pearls for $15.00. Theres a room of glass etc jewels and on the findings floor they have some settings. I pick out stones or settings and go match them. I also get settings from Toolcraft. Toolcrafts stampings are usually 1/2 price from Wolf E's. If you go, wear good walking shoes, bring a light cause corners can be dark.

Sue Grabber on December 01, 2019:

Yes, found some new places! Thanks, I'll be checking them out in the next few snowy winter months!

Dani Morin on July 31, 2017:

@Claudia Drake

A Grain of Sand has some vintage Miriam Haskell stock including brass stampings and cabochons.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on July 13, 2017:

@Claudia Drake, you should be able to find most of what you're looking for using the resources I've provided. For brass filigrees, B'sue Boutiques and VintageJewelrySupplies are good places to start. Enjoy making Miriam Haskell-inspired jewelry! It's very rewarding.

Claudia Drake on July 13, 2017:

Just beginning my journey towards making Miriam Haskell-inspired jewelry and seeking basic skeleton/foundational components for building basic pieces to then create beautiful art upon.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on May 29, 2017:

Thank you for letting me know, Crystal! As vintage beads and components become increasingly scarce, it's getting harder and harder to find really good sources. I'm glad this was helpful!

Crystal P on May 29, 2017:

Thank you so much for this! I was pleasantly surprised to discover your guide and recommendations regarding vintage jewelry suppliers. You've made my research much easier!

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on March 13, 2017:

Thanks, Janet! I've also come to expect slow shipping from Jewelex and probably should have mentioned it. Considering the vast size of their warehouse and the fact that it's a family business that doesn't have a large staff, I understand and am willing to accept the slow turnaround in exchange for their exquisite and usually exclusive beads. But it's a good thing to let others know, and I'll add it to the article now. :) Thanks again!

B Traven from Flint MI on March 13, 2017:

Thank you for this informative article--I'm already having fun visiting the sites you have listed. Jewelex is all you say it is, but they are extremely slow. The last time I ordered online it took 10 weeks to get here and I had to prod them. The contact info they post often leads to dead ends. But I do love their product once I get it out of them.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on February 27, 2017:

@Penny Albertella - I'm very glad you are finding this article to be such a valuable resource! I don't know of a company that makes stampings with built-in depressions for setting crystals, but I wish you luck with your search!

Penny Albertella on February 27, 2017:

Hi. This is an amazing resource - thanks so much. I am just starting out and I am based in the U.K. and finding it difficult to get wholesale resources here. I was wondering if you knew of any company that create these beautiful stamping with ready-made 'holes' for crystals to be set into? Any help gratefully received.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on June 28, 2016:

Dear Shray,

Thank you SO much for your extraordinarily kind feedback on this article! It sounds as though we share the true joy of helping others develop their skills and their unique artistic voices. Your wonderful words mean more to me than I can say. And thank YOU for your huge heart and your willingness to share your gift to help others self-actualize!

Shrays studio on June 28, 2016:

Dear Margaret,

What a truly outstanding gift!

Your talent and knowledge leapt from the page. Leading me to realize so few artist are willing to share and pass on all that they have learned.

I am a pro sculptor, helped many students-in my field it is a rare moment when and accomplished artist gives so much, as you just have. Brava to you, your extraordinary talent and huge heart for opening the door to your stdio and your mind, but I would say, mostly your heart.

For those that are new to art, I hope all appreciate the work time-and above the gift she has given to us.

thank you,

Shray

Shraybronze

2008 Olympic winner USA - 'Arts in the Olympics' The '5Rings Award'-sculpture

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on August 20, 2015:

Lorelei, thank you so much for your wonderful compliment! The vintage jewelry you received as a wedding gift from your older sister must be very special, indeed.

Lorelei Cohen on August 20, 2015:

Always excellent information above and beyond. I love vintage jewelry it was the wedding gift that I received from my older sister.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on January 25, 2015:

@Adventuretravels, thanks so much for your awesome feedback and for sharing this article on Pinterest, Giovanna! Sounds like you made out well with your jewelry making adventures even if it didn't turn out to be profitable financially. Fun, travels to Venice and Venetian beads sounds marvelous to me! :)

Giovanna from UK on January 24, 2015:

Wow! It's an fabulous piece of work. I used to make jewellery years ago and sell it on a market. It started because I wanted an excuse to go to Venice - so I decided to go and buy some hand blown glass beads!! LOL I learned how to bead them and made necklaces and earrings, it was very enjoyable. I actually sold most of the things I made, but it wasn't a good business plan as my profits did not cover my expenses! Still I got to go to Venice 3 times and filled my backpack with beautiful beads. I have given you a thumbs up and pinned your hub.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on January 23, 2015:

@Brite-Ideas, thanks so much for that wonderful compliment! You know I value your opinion very highly.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on January 23, 2015:

@Lady Guinevere, I'm glad you think the information is great! I agree with you about the length - I kept finding and adding more great information and before I knew it, the content had "outgrown its britches," lol. There are reasons I haven't broken it out into multiple hubs yet, but ideally that's what I'd like to do eventually. Thanks again for your feedback!

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on January 23, 2015:

A first class Hub Margaret - you sure are an expert in your field

Debra Allen from West By God on January 23, 2015:

Wow this is all great but too much to take in at once. You could have made at least three hubs out of this. Great information though.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on January 07, 2015:

@CherylsArt, thanks so much for that lovely compliment!

CherylsArt on January 06, 2015:

Your designs are lovely Margaret!

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on October 20, 2014:

Thanks so much for your lovely compliment on my vintage inspired jewelry designs! I agree, both making jewelry and discovering bargains on vintage beads and components are a lot of fun. :)

Diane Cass from New York on October 20, 2014:

Your jewelry is gorgeous! I spend a lot of time going to estate sales and have picked up many great beads and real pearls for cheap. I love making jewelry from them too. It is so much fun.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on August 09, 2014:

@craftbutterfly: Thank you so much for your wonderful comment, craftbutterfly! That was one of my goals in putting together this resource and I'm truly delighted that you found it so helpful and confidence inspiring. :)

craftbutterfly on August 08, 2014:

Brilliant resource and very helpful. Gives me confidence to give it a go. Thank you for creating this awesome page :)

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on July 27, 2014:

@gottaloveit2: Many thanks! I really appreciate your kind comment.

gottaloveit2 on July 25, 2014:

Another stunning article. So well done.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on July 07, 2014:

@Brite-Ideas: Thank you so much, Barbara! I'm truly honored by your wonderful words.

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on July 03, 2014:

I know it's my second comment here, but I have to say it again; you certainly are an expert in this area Margaret, wow! anyone looking for information on jewelry making need not look any further!

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on June 04, 2014:

@Emily Clay: Thanks so much, Emily! I'm really glad you found the vintage jewelry making supplies sources, tutorials and other resources helpful.

Emily Clay on June 04, 2014:

The collection of Vintage Jewelry was awesome and this lens is very helpful.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on June 02, 2014:

@Ibidii: Thanks very much, Sherry! I'm so glad you found these vintage jewelry supplies resources and jewelry making tutorials helpful. I'm looking forward to seeing what you make with them!

Ibidii on May 31, 2014:

I found a lot of jewelry supplies I got over the years and purchased some more. Thank you for this very adequate page and links with tutorials to help! When I am dome with the Christmas gifts I will add them to a page. Very well deserved purple star!

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on May 18, 2014:

@SheGetsCreative: Thanks so much, Angela! I really appreciate it. :)

Angela F from Seattle, WA on May 17, 2014:

I've made a few pieces in the past. What a great resource for jewelry crafters ! Pinned

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on May 16, 2014:

@tazzytamar: Thank you, Anna! I'm so glad you enjoyed this article on making jewelry with vintage beads and components. I really enjoy making collage cuff bracelets with vintage stones and brass stampings! :)

Anna from chichester on May 16, 2014:

Beautiful lens - I love collage jewelry :)

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on April 18, 2014:

@nikahexplorer: Thanks very much! I'm delighted that you enjoyed it.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on April 18, 2014:

@bead at home mom: Thanks so much, Teri! I feel the same way about you. :)

nikahexplorer on April 18, 2014:

This lens is so lovely, i love this lens.

bead at home mom on April 17, 2014:

Wow! What a wealth of information you are Margaret. Love the page and I definitely need to be bookmark to visit often. Great work! and thx for the plug.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on April 16, 2014:

@dellgirl: Thanks so much for your wonderful compliment! I'm delighted that you enjoy seeing some of my jewelry designs and hope that my articles and tutorials are helpful.

dellgirl on April 15, 2014:

Yes, I have made jewelry before, it is so much fun. You have shared a lot of beautiful pieces with us, thank you.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on April 09, 2014:

@jerrybarndorf: Thanks very much, Jerry! I appreciate your kind compliments and your sharing your jewelry making preferences. :)

jerrybarndorf on April 09, 2014:

I like the idea for the glasses! great lens. I am loving all the vintage work. I like mixing metal with cloth as a preference and I definitely like minimalism in my jewelry. Thank you!

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on February 21, 2014:

@Craftymarie: Hi Marie - thanks so much for the wonderful compliment! As you know, I adore collecting beads, too. I own many more beads than I'll ever be able to use in this lifetime. When I design jewelry I usually start by looking at my beads and seeing which ones are "speaking to me", and sometimes I just go through my bead collection simply for the pleasure of looking at and touching my beady treasures. :) Thanks so much for your visit and for your very kind comment!

Marie on February 19, 2014:

The lampwork glass beads and crystals bracelet in lilac and green shades that you made is simply gorgeous - I adore bracelets and apart from my wedding ring on a chain, they're all the jewelry I wear. I have tried jewelry making but I found I loved collecting the beads even more - I prefer using them combined with embroidery / home decor projects. I really loved looking at the vintage inspired collection here today.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on February 15, 2014:

@conniec123: Thanks so much, Connie! I'm delighted that you enjoyed my article so much and appreciate that you will be sharing it with your jewelry making friends. :)

Connie Clyburn on February 15, 2014:

Great lens -- wow, love the photos and information! I'm not a jewelry maker, but I'm constantly looking at jewelry everywhere i shop - and buying a lot of it. I've made a few things for myself, but never ventured so far as to make things for other people. I'll definitely share your lenses with my friends who make jewelry!

Beautiful pieces! Congrats on the lens awards too!!

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on February 12, 2014:

@Zeross4: Thanks so much, Daisy! On occasion I, too, have purchased broken vintage jewelry to repurpose the beads, components and findings. :) Best of luck with the move and the baby! Looking forward to sharing more jewelry making tips and tutorials with you. :)

Renee Dixon from Kentucky on February 12, 2014:

I agree, vintage jewelry is one of a kind- my favorite to work with too. I can't wait until things get settled and we've finished moving and having the baby (Yes, Its been quite busy these days). I really want to get back into it! I find that Ebay sells some great vintage jewelry lots, and I also like shopping around our local thrift shops too! Loved this lens, bookmarked and pinned so I can come back later!

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on February 08, 2014:

@larry-harsha-5: Thank you for your kind comment and for your visit! I'm very glad that you were able to find an activity that gives you so much pleasure.

larry-harsha-5 on February 05, 2014:

I have been making jewelry for a while now, I just adore vintage jewelry and your site has provided me with more info into this art. I started as a hobby after becoming disabled and now its what keeps me going. Thank you so much for sharing.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on January 18, 2014:

@evawrites1: Thanks, Eva! I'm so glad you found it helpful. :)

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on January 18, 2014:

@Diana Wenzel: Diana, I can't tell you how much your incredibly kind and generous comment means to me! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

evawrites1 on January 18, 2014:

You made such a good compilation of tips and techniques, this is a great lens. Thanks!

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on January 17, 2014:

This is an incredibly detailed and value-added resource. You really went all out and put so much effort into this (and it shows). Everything you do is a showcase for what is possible when publishing something of great worth.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on January 14, 2014:

@Zeross4: Thanks so much for your wonderful comment, Daisy! I've just become the new Squidoo Contributor for "Bangles, Baubles and Beads," so if you're interested in participating in jewelry making book and product review quests, etc., you might want to check out my Squidoo Contributor bio with all the details at http://www.squidoo.com/squidoo-bangles-baubles-and... :)

Renee Dixon from Kentucky on January 13, 2014:

Thank you for taking the time to make such an amazing lens! I used to be into jewelry making, and I'm always keeping an eye out at my local thrift shops and yard-sales for great finds to make jewelry out of. I absolutely love this, and will definitely be bookmarking it. I want to get back into jewelry making, and this is very informative and useful to me. Thanks so much!

michaelangelo1 on December 30, 2013:

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Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on November 01, 2013:

@Brite-Ideas: Thank you so much for your wonderful compliment, B! Your kind words really mean a lot to me. :)

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on November 01, 2013:

You did a beautiful job with this page, really really nicely presented :) - I'm not the 'jewelry making type' and am in awe of people who have the patience for such fine intricate work!

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on October 03, 2013:

@elmariannex lm: Thanks - glad you like it.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on August 01, 2013:

@sybil watson: Sybil, thank you so much for your wonderful comment! I'm very grateful for your kind compliment and truly delighted that I've helped inspire you to repurpose two of your vintage necklaces and give them a new lease on life. :)

sybil watson on August 01, 2013:

I've made a few pieces, but never anything as gorgeous as your jewelry. You've given me inspiration for repurposing two vintage necklaces that are just sitting in my jewelry box.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on July 09, 2013:

@OhMe: Thank you so much for that wonderful compliment! :)

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on July 09, 2013:

Your jewelry is so lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on June 24, 2013:

@Ruthi: Ruthi, thank you so much for you wonderful feedback! I'm delighted that you enjoyed seeing some of my one-of-a-kind jewelry designs found the information I provided about sourcing vintage beads and using them in vintage-inspired designs to be helpful. Your thoughtful comment means a lot to me!

Ruthi on June 24, 2013:

Your vintage jewelry information is excellent for those who wish to create from inspiration from the past. Your own creations shared here are rare jewels, Margaret.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on June 23, 2013:

@Rosanna Grace: Thanks so much for letting me know, RoseGrace! I hope your daughter finds a lot of useful information here on her return visits. :)

Rosanna Grace on June 23, 2013:

What a wonderful find! My daughter just loves beading and she will be back here again to visit your article. Thank you.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on June 22, 2013:

@AlleyCatLane: Wow, thanks so much, Carolyn! You really made my day today. :)

AlleyCatLane on June 22, 2013:

You are so talented, Margaret! My gosh, what gorgeous creations!

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on June 07, 2013:

@anonymous: Thanks SO much, Kristine! I'm so glad you enjoyed this article.

anonymous on June 04, 2013:

OMG! Look how amazing that turned out to be! I wish I was that creative! Very helpful tutorials too. Thanks a lot! www.signaturejewelrypackaging.com

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on May 15, 2013:

@Marja79: Thanks so much for your lovely feedback! I'm so glad you found this content to be valuable.

Marja79 on May 14, 2013:

I loved this lens. Great ideas and instructions, tho getting this good takes me some time because I have just learned the basics of making jewelry.

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on May 06, 2013:

@JeffGilbert: Thanks so much for the great feedback, Jeff! I'm delighted that you found this article so valuable. :)

JeffGilbert on May 06, 2013:

Great, great how-to information and resources collection. Great lens!!

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on April 25, 2013:

@TaylorM30: TaylorM30, thank you SO much for that wonderful comment! It means a lot to me, especially since you are so knowledgeable about older jewelry. Thanks for making my day! :)

TaylorM30 on April 25, 2013:

This lens was put together very well and I can tell you put a lot of time into it making sure you covered everything. I work in a an estate jewelry boutique (http://raymondleejewelers.net/) so I love reading anything jewelry related, but handmade/DIY jewelry is especially interesting to me, maybe because it gives everyone the chance to express their creativity, plus I love seeing unique one of a kind pieces. Thanks for inspiring me and others :)

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on April 18, 2013:

@DecoratingEvents: Thanks so much, Mandee, for your awesome compliments! You just made my day. :)

DecoratingEvents on April 18, 2013:

This vintage jewelry is gorgeous! Thanks for the tips and sharing some of your own creations. They are just beautiful!

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on April 17, 2013:

@Girlwiththorns: Thanks so much! :)

Girlwiththorns on April 17, 2013:

What a beautiful lens :)

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on April 17, 2013:

@Heather426: Thanks so much for you wonderful compliment, Heather! Much appreciated.

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on April 17, 2013:

Wow! what a resource and beautifully done!

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on April 17, 2013:

@Sylvestermouse: Thank you so much for your wonderful compliments and for your kind angel blessing, Cynthia! They mean a lot to me and I'm thrilled that you enjoyed this information. Hugs!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on April 17, 2013:

Your jewelry is extraordinarily beautiful! This is such a wonderful resource and a ton of valuable information for jewelry makers new or experienced. It is fun making the old new again and bringing it back to life. I certainly agree with you the things are simply not made as well as they were in the past. Thank you for all of the great suggestions and advice! Most Excellent!

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on April 16, 2013:

@BLouw: Thanks so much for the wonderful compliment! It's never too early to start collecting vintage beads and jewelry components (they're a limited resource and, as such, they become more and more scare every day) so you have a stash of nice beads and components to work with once you retire. :)

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on April 16, 2013:

@faeriesong7: Thank you so much! I'm delighted that you found my article inspiring. :)

Barbara Walton from France on April 16, 2013:

Huge amount of great information. I love vintage jewelry and the moment I retire I'll be back on this lens to get going!

Mary Collings from Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland on April 16, 2013:

What an inspiring lens. Thanks for sharing :)

Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on March 28, 2013:

@anonymous: Thanks so much for your lovely feedback!