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Earlier this year, we asked our readers to weigh in on the very best tools and materials for the 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards, and over 1,000 passionate members of our community cast their votes. We think the winners should be at the top of everyone’s 2023 wishlist. With that in mind, we created the shopping list that’s got everything you could possibly need, from the best online metalsmithing supplier to the best storage and organization! If you’re looking for great gifts for jewelry artists and beaders, or are seeking goodies to add to your own wish list, take a look at this gift guide.
Giftable Focals and Jewelry Components
Jewelry components like charms, pendants, crystals, and focal beads make wonderful gifts for jewelry artists! There are infinite ways they can be combined and utilized in designs. Here are your favorite suppliers!
Best Charms and Pendants: TierraCast
TierraCast is known for all kinds of wonderful beading and jewelry components, from beads, buttons, and charms to bead caps, clasps, and findings. There is so much variety that you can find something for everyone on your list!
Note: TierraCast will sadly be closing by the year end. You can still track their remaining components down at various retailers.
Best Crystal Beads & Flat Backs: Fire Mountain Gems
Best Artisan Bead Maker: Green Girl Studios
This small business is known for creative and whimsical artisan beads, pendants, and focals. Green Girl Studios make everything by hand (to order) with the finest materials in Asheville, NC.
Best Beading Suppliers
Stock up the beaders in your life with goodies to fuel their creations! These retails have awesome gifts for beaders.
Best Subscription Bead Box: Sam’s Bead Box
A wonderful gift for a beader in your life would be a subscription to Sam’s Bead Box, which is a monthly curated collection that any beader would love, from Sam Siegel of Sam’s Bead Shop. You can gift one box for a special treat.
Best Beading Thread: Beadalon
Beadalon offers the very highest quality wire, cords, findings, tools and accessories in the business. Beadalon WildFire beading thread is strong, colorfast and durable, with a smooth, thermally bonded coating. It’s waterproof, near zero-stretch, and won’t fray at the ends. Every beader can always use more—it’s a great stocking stuffer.
Related: 4 Best Threads for Bead Weaving
Best Recycled Beads: TOHO
Related: Favorite Recycled Beading Supplies
Best Ethically Sourced Gemstone Bead and Focals: Dakota Stones
Dakota Stones is our readers’ favorite place to source gemstone bead strands and gemstone focals. From rounds to faceted gemstones to large hole beads, they have it all. Everyone on your list will love to unwrap a few strands of Dakota Stones.
Favorite Wire Jewelry + Metalsmithing + Lapidary Suppliers
Give the metalsmiths and jewelry artists in your life the perfect gift: supplies to fuel their inspiration! Here are your favorite suppliers from the Readers’ Choice survey.
Best Online Metalsmithing Supplier: Parawire
Parawire is known for their signature jewelry wire, which comes in over 35 colors, and three different form factors: round, square, and half round. You’ll also find chain, metal sheets, patinas, metal rods, and jewelry findings.
Best Source for Sterling Silver Wire + Sheet: Rio Grande
Rio Grande is known for all kinds of jewelry making supplies, from chains to findings to gemstones to tools and equipment, but what Interweave readers really love them for is their sterling silver. Whether you need casting grain, sheet, solder, tubing or wire in fine silver, sterling silver or Argentium® Silver, Rio Grande is your source for fabrication metal, including a wide selection of recycled material.
Jewelry Tools + Studio Supplies to Gift
Jewelry makers love their tools, and an upgrade to their studio is one of the fastest ways to their heart. These tools and storage solutions would make amazing gifts!
Best Jewelry Hammers: ImpressArt
Treat a jewelry artist on your shopping list to a very special stamping hammer, riveting hammer, pein hammer, bench block, or stamper head from ImpressArt!
Best Tools on Your Bench: Xuron
Xuron Corp. makes jewelry bench tools, including professional-grade jewelry making tools, in their Saco, Maine, factory. Their jewelry tools include precision cutters, pliers, and scissors designed specifically to make creating jewelry easier and faster.
Related: American-Made Jewelry Tools We Love
Best Magnifiers: CraftOptics
Help the jewelry artists in your life to protect their eyes, see fine details, maintain good posture, and illuminate their workspace with CraftOptics!
Related: Top Magnifiers for Jewelry Making
Best Storage + Organization: Beadsmith
Interweave Readers love The Beadsmith for storage solutions, and we particularly recommend their Bead Caddy portable bead set. Beaders can always use more organizers, so this is a perfect gift for jewelry artists.
Related: Top Bead Storage Container Recommendations
We hope this ultimate bead and jewelry shopping list has inspired you to add some fan favorites to your beading and jewelry making stash. You can check out all the winners of our 2023 Reader’s Choice Awards for even more ideas.
Related: Top Tips for Finding the Perfect Gift for Jewelry Makers
Do you think we missed any great brands or products? Be sure to share your favorites with us in the comments below.
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