Thursday, November 6, 2008

Jewelry Bead Shops near Princeton, New Jersey

Since the Dow dropped nearly 500 points yesterday, and the market atmostphere is so gloomy, it could be a good time to buy stocks if the prognosis for the general economy weren't so pessimistic. It is hard to be really bullish at this point in time. Warren Buffett is, though, and getting solid returns we can only dream of.

For a little fun and spontaneity, let's focus on buying something tangible and beautiful: jewelry!!! Reading reviews about bead and gemstone shops in New York City yesterday, I found them very helpful.

Here is a list of three bead shops around here, the Princeton, New Jersey area, all nice for enthusiasts. They all have "findings" for making jewelry (a.k.a. "lapidary supplies").

1. Artful beads Studio and Workshop

http://www.artfulbeadstudio.com/

7 Tree Farm Rd # 107
Pennington, NJ 08534
(609) 737-1077

The most beautiful of the three shops with lovely painted furniture and thoughtful, complicated presentations behind glass. Fun to browse. Friendly atmosphere with helpful staff and lessons to sign up for. There are many beads, gemstones and findings with finished jewelry here, as well. Free parking. Attractive, quiet location in a new shopping area. Also close to coffee. My favorite, and most often visited.

2. Bucks County Beads

http://www.buckscountybeads.com

The Corners at Newtown Place Shopping Center
2 Cambridge Lane
Newtown, PA 18940
(215) 579-8340

Lovely selection of imported gemstones, Czech beads and finished jewelry. Idyllic sunshine-dappled, fresh and clean location. Friendly, knowledgeable owner and helpful staff. They have classes and handle birthday parties. Free parking. Close to an Amish farmer's market (less than a half-mile) Thurs.-Sat. at 2150 S Eagle Rd, Newtown, PA 18940. http://www.newtownpadutchfarmersmarket.com/cgi-bin/index.cgi

If there are any other similar businesses close to Princeton, please email me with information.

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