There is an endless array of beads and bead sellers around the world. It's rare that vendors actually know the people who make the beads or the process behind it.
I worked for years to find vendors who pay fair trade and care about the people and places in the world where their beads are made.
My natural beads from African are purchased from a vendor who knows the bead makers personally. They pay fair trade and often bring clothing and supplies to villages where they are needed. My main bead supplier for glass beads sends a portion of their profits to aiding women, children and animals in need around the world.
Last summer I started looking for new materials to use for my 2017 collections. The number one item I wanted was high-quality wood beads. It took a couple of months - but I found a wonderful supplier who works with a family in the Philippines. They have been creating wood beads for 30 years - cutting, turning and polishing the beads by hand. When you see these beads in person you can really see the difference from what you might get in a craft store.
When you support me, you support my great vendors and the wonderful artists who make my beads as well. Thank you.