Czech Glass Beads

  1. April 16, 2018

    Melon Beads Are "Boho Pearls"€ Worth Celebration

    Melon beads are like that guy in high school that you could always count on — a guy so consistent and dependable you forget to notice him in the parade of flashy bad boys and…
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  2. April 07, 2017

    Color your world -- birds, beads and colorful possibilities

    One glass bead in the palm of your hand can harvest, hold and celebrate color. It can excite us, relax us or inspire us – sometimes all at the same time.For an artist, the challenge is to take that sweet solo and build it into a sweeping…
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  3. March 10, 2017

    On the road again - Nirvana'€™s Shelley Ashley delights in delivering the exceptional- 

    To call her job “sales” is to seriously undersell what Shelley Ashley does for Nirvana Beads and her customers on her outreach journeys every spring and fall throughout the Southern and…
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  4. March 01, 2017

    Versatile Dahlias are a designers' dream

    Some beads are ever-ready wildflowers – rugged, hardy, and plentiful  — while others are hothouse varieties, exquisite in their beauty but often temperamental and hard to handle. Don’t let the apparent delicacy and…
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  5. January 23, 2017

    Fearless Sherry Serafini finds magic in Czech glass beads

    This is the first in Nirvana's occasional series sharing the inspiration and ideas of breakthrough designers. If you’d like us to consider your favorite designer – or you!  — send an email to our Scribe.  Everything in the bead…
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  6. January 16, 2017

    Arrival of a ton of beads means a deluge of detail

    About every 2 months another metric ton (or so) of Nirvana’s specialty beads arrive from Jablonec in the Czech Republic. Even though owners  Nir Kronenberg and 
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  7. December 07, 2016

    Sometimes it's just about the bead

    As a bead designer who owns a wholesale bead company with my husband, I am surrounded by beads all day in my office. They stay with me mentally most other places as I work through designs in my head. Under those circumstances,  people…
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  8. December 05, 2016

    Our Czech Glass Garden blooms with more dazzling dahlias

    Backyard gardens in Jablonec — where the majority of our Czech beads and buttons are made individually or in small batches by traditional artisans– are not orderly cages of color meted out in…
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  9. November 09, 2016

    What does it take find new possibilities in Old World processes?

    How does Nirvana Beads create new, exclusive and exciting designs in Czech Glass using shapes and techniques that predate our great grandparents? The process takes an absurd amount of time, financial risk, the…
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  10. October 19, 2016

    A Scribe is Born

    The word “artisan” officially joined plaid shirts in Brooklyn when McDonald’s launched their latest poultry product on an “artisan” roll. But marketing-speak be damned, artisans themselves have an…
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  11. August 31, 2016

    Mercury Finish Beads

    We are delighted the editors of “Bead and Button” highlighted our new Mercury finish line as one of the best new products of the 2016 Bead and Button Show. We are always looking at new…
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  12. July 08, 2016

    Nature and Architecture in Beads

    I found this enchanting passage in San Francisco, California.  I fell in love with how the greens of the plants and the color of the houses created a very interesting hue in the surroundings. These colors inspired me to do something similar…
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  13. June 30, 2016

    ANCIENT GREEK AND ROMAN GLASS, MEDIEVAL GLASS, AND RENAISSANCE GLASS

    By Cynthia Shanti Moralez Almost every year Nir and I travel to the Czech Republic to visit the factories that produce our beads and buttons. In one of our trips we visited…
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