Frequently asked questions.

General

What sort of services does the Bead Gallery offer?

We offer a variety of services including:

  • Jewelry restringing, metal-smithing, and other repairs
  • Custom jewelry design including wedding jewelry
  • Beading classes
  • Private classes and bead parties

Where is the Bead Gallery located?

The Bead Gallery is located in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the main level of the gray house at 311 E. Liberty. For more info, please see our store location page.

Was the Bead Gallery always at this location?

The Bead Gallery used to be at 309 E. Liberty, in the basement of the same building. In order to accommodate our ever growing selection of merchandise, the Bead Gallery moved to its present home in fall of 2004.

Are there any other stores affiliated with The Bead Gallery?

The Bead Gallery is also is associated with Adorn Me, a women’s accessories boutique. Located inside the Bead Gallery, Adorn Me features an eclectic collection of shoes, handbags, and scarves, as well as hand-crafted beaded jewelry created by the Bead Gallery staff.

When is the Bead Gallery open?

The hours of operation for the Bead Gallery are:

  • Monday-Saturday 11-7
  • Sunday 11-5

I've never made jewelry or shopped for beads before. Will I be able to make jewelry at the Bead Gallery?

Absolutely! Our staff will be happy to help you get the materials and instructions you need to start creating your own beaded jewelry. If you are interested in more complicated projects, we offerclasses and private lessons for a variety of beading techniques. We also can create custom jewelry, for those who like to design jewelry but do not wish to make it.

Can I place a mail order with the Bead Gallery?

Unfortunatly, because the merchandise at the Bead Gallery is so varied and ever changing, we currently are unable to offer a catalog of our merchandise, nor are we able to post all ofour merchandise online. However, we are sometimes able to put together mail orders for customers already familiar with our stock. We also have a new etsy store that includes some of our merchandise. Visit our home page for more information!

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Classes

What sort of classes does the Bead Gallery offer?

The Bead Gallery offers several beadwork and jewelry making classes on a variety of topics including:

  • Bead stringing
  • Wire work
  • Seed bead weaving

How do I sign up for classes?

Please call (734) 663-6800 or visit the store to register for a class. Payment is required at the time of registration.

What happens if I am unable to attend a class for which I am registered?

To receive a refund or a store credit for a class, you must notify us that you will not be attending 24 hours before the class is scheduled.

I have never done any beading before? Which classes would be good for me?

With only a few exceptions, most of the Bead Gallery’s classes are geared towards beginners. A good place to start is the Basic Stringing and Earring class, during which you’ll learn the basic techniques to get you started making all kinds of beaded jewelry.

Can I arrange a private lesson for me or my group?

Yes! Most of our instructors are happy to arrange private or small group lessons. We will work with your schedule to set up a class. We can accommodate groups as large as ten adults or twelve kids in our classroom.

Can I arrange a class for a larger group?

While we cannot accommodate larger groups in our store, we are happy to arrange a class at your location.

How much do your classes cost?

Two hour classes are $30 per person; Materials are extra, and are available at a 15% discount.

For a one-person private lesson, the cost is $25 per hour. Most of our classes can be taken as private lessons, however not all of them, so please inquire!

Rates vary for classes at locations outside of the Bead Gallery. Please call (734) 663-6800 for more info.

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Custom Orders and Repairs

What of sort of jewelry repair and custom jewelry does the Bead Gallery offer?

  • Stringing
  • Knotting
  • Wire-work
  • Seedbead weaving and embroidery
  • Bead/stone drilling

We can create custom jewelry, crafted just for you, using any of the techniques listed above. Whether you have a specific outfit you would like to match, or even creating the jewelry for your bridesmaids at your wedding, our staff can assist you.

How can I commission the Bead Gallery to create custom jewelry for me?

Simply come in and talk with one of our staff. Many of our customers will bring in a photograph from a magazine or a catalog of a piece that inspires them. Others will visit our accessories boutique, Adorn Me, for ideas and will commission jewelry based on designs they see there. Still others will simply discuss their vision with our staff. Many people know exactly what sort of jewelry they want to have created, while just as many have only a vague concept in mind. We can help make those visions become reality!

How much do repairs and custom orders cost?

We charge $30 per hour plus the cost of materials. A simple strung necklace typically takes 30-45 minutes. A knotted necklace typically takes 1-2 hours. Each project varies, but we will be happy to give you an estimate.

How soon will I be able to pick up my jewelry after I leave it to be repaired or after I request a custom order?

Repairs and custom orders typically take 2-3 weeks. On some occasions, we may be able to complete a rush order at a higher rate. Keep in mind that repairs typically take longer to complete at our busier times of the year, such as Art Fair and the winter holidays.

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