Pearls: Galatea Feels the Bead, Yvel Goes for the Gold



Queen BeadsInventor/designer Chi Huynh—head of Galatea in San Dimas, Calif.—could be taking the bead craze to a higher level with his Queen Bead Collection, a line of 12 mm carved Tahitian, white freshwater, or peach freshwater pearls with sterling silver cores that launches at JCK Las Vegas. Positioned as add-on beads for entry-level shoppers, the Queen Beads are available in 92 styles, starting at $112.50 retail for a Tahitian bead and $45 for a freshwater pearl. Additionally, a new line of Levitation beads—84 beads available in pearl, silver, and glass, starting at $37.50 retail—offers some of the same carved Queen Bead looks, but with a patent-pending Mono-Pole magnetic core designed to repel rather than attract, allowing for a consistent 7.5 mm spacing on jewelry. The idea behind Levitation beads was to allow customers to select fewer beads—with “perfect spacing,” acco
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