The Next Big Trend in Jewelry

From packets of Swarovski crystal beads to ornate multicolor lampworked beads, glass made a strong showing in Tucson. Show organizers say interest in glass has grown over the last decade. Joan Johnson, show promoter and owner of The Bead Renaissance Show, headquartered in Truth or Consequences, N.M., recalls just one bead magazine in publication—Bead and Button—10 years ago. "That was five years before we started our show—before we started to have a renaissance of glass beads," she says. Now, many more magazines about beads exist, and "everybody" is having shows, she adds. One is the To Bead True-Blue show, which joined Tucson this year. Its organizer, Anna Johnson, Nevada City, Calif., structured the show as an invitation-only wholesale event for bead makers and was overwhelmed by the response: Some 97 percent of her vendors already have re-signed for the 2006 show, and many n
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