Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry promises to be one of the fall’s most sought after gems. In this beautiful gallery book, nearly 300 bead artists present exquisite, innovative, and often fun and surprising works in bead weaving, embroidery, stringing, handmade beads, and more.

Color proofs of the book were sent to Publishers Weekly, the leading trade magazine for the book publishing industry, and here’s an excerpt from the very enthusiastic review that just released: “Opening this gorgeous hunk of a book is like walking into a high-end jewelry gallery. There are 500 full-color photographs of beaded jewelry — necklaces, rings, bracelets, pins and earrings — created by 275 artists with beads, wire, filament, and fiber. Some of the artists are well-known to beaders, like Carol Wilcox Wells and Diane Fitzgerald, and some not-so-well-known, with their work published for the first time. This makes for a heady blend of inspiration, ideas, and expression. Editor Hemachandra selected the 500 beaded objects from submissions by 360 artists from 30 countries. To his credit, no single style — bead weaving, bead embroidery, bead stringing — gets short shrift. The photography is of high professional standards, no Instagram shots by amateurs posted to Facebook, and is also instructively illustrative of the beadwork, offering closeup shots that will help the aspiring bead worker reproduce some of the techniques.” (You can read the full review — including two debatable criticisms! — online here.)

Our advance copies are in, and I’m going to give away one advance copy of the book signed by me. The winner will be the first person outside the company and book industry to see the book.

How can you enter for a chance to win? Leave a comment on this blog post by 9 p.m. EST on Wednesday, June 27. Any comment counts as an entry, but why don’t you let us know which bead designer inspires you the very most (tough question!). One winner will be selected at random and announced on Tuesday, July 5. Click here for the official rules.

The book is available for preorder at your local bead store or bookstore, or online at BN.com or Amazon.com (go over, take a look, and please give the book’s page a “Like”). Be sure to join Lark Jewelry & Beading on Facebook for book and community news, as well as images of beautiful jewelry. And good luck!


UPDATE: Congratulations to Adele Recklies of Brooklyn, New York. Adele was randomly selected as the winner of the signed advance copy of Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry. Our thanks to everyone who participated … and we hope you love the book!


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