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Artisans On Hand at Costa Mesa Bead & Design

by: Casey Johnson
Posted: March 20, 2018

COSTA MESA...The Costa Mesa Bead & Design Show returns to Costa Mesa Hilton --April 13-15. Artisans will be on hand with handcrafted products and original design --providing an excellent opportunity to eliminate the middleman and buy direct from creators and tradespeople at excellent prices.

Costa Mesa Bead & Design Show does not offer the mass produced products that are exhibited elsewhere. There are 275 selective boutiques, galleries, and displays,  showcasing a vast assortment of beads, jewelry and design accessories, including many unique items such as conch pearls, amber, old lapis lazuli, handmade hats, carved marble figurines, hand-tooled leather shoes, Hill Tribe silver, artisan beads, vintage textiles, hand-cut gemstones, collectibles, antiquities, handmade gold and silver, fine art jewelry, rare ethnographic objects, synodic crystals, Australian opals, antique Burmese rubies, vintage art deco emeralds, Jizera garnets, jade, polymer cane, batik, enamel inlay, embroideries, and metaphysical items.

The exhibitors --chosen by invitation and juried application --encompass traditional and contemporary artisans; and tradepeople selected for high quality standards. The show promoters have over 100 years of combined experience bringing together the finest artisan beadmakers, gemcutters, jewelsmiths, metalsmiths, enamelists, ceramists, textile weavers, and clothiers, who are committed to handcraft skills, natural colors and sustainable materials.

No matter what your passion, Costa Mesa Bead & Design Show offers a dynamic shopping experience, and you might want to take part in a workshop, taught by artisans on hand, some of whom have spent upwards of forty years, reviving lost techniques and working with antique tools. There are 75 workshops, offered at various skill levels, in categories such as jewelry design, metal work, fused glass, art clay, leather embossing, wire working, loomwork, mixed media, found object jewelry, champleve, glass bead making, torch soldering, wirework, hand knotting, fiber arts, leather working, mixed media, chainmaille, and enameling.

Buy direct from artisans and tradespeople; open to the public daily, April 13-15, 10am-6pm, at the Hilton Costa Mesa, 3050 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Advanced admission tickets on sale $8 –or $10 at the door (good for three days). Visit, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  

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