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Hello! And welcome to my journal. I call myself the Beading Gem because of my given name Pearl (really!) and because I love beading and jewelry. So much so in early 2005, I started my own small business teaching the craft

That soon led to another "facet" of the Beading Gem. Since 2007, The Beading Gem's Journal is the place for all those stories I never get to tell, melding all my passions - writing, reading,crafts, history and science (I was then a scientist by day) into this blog.
I have also written about the many free tutorials shared by other artisans and contributed some of my own. They mark the many things I have learned along my journey as a jewelry artisan.

I retired from my scientific job late in 2012 and moved to the Waterloo-Kitchener-Cambridge area of Ontario. Meet me at the Grand River Bead Society meetings where I am now a member! I also teach regularly at Iguana Beads in the Preston area of Cambridge.


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  2. Pearl! How appropriate. Like your blog page and the generosity in sharing your knowledge. Visit my humble blog Tangerine Days... I do tatting but am fascinated with wire wrapped jewelery and so am soaking up info.....

  3. Hi Pearl,
    Adriana from Zircon Joyas, have a nice day & joyful life.
    Happy 2010 !!!

  4. Love this site! Do you have anything on beadpunk jewelry coming up?

  5. Not immediately but I did have a beadpunk tutorial posted some time ago -

  6. Beautiful site Pearl, i wish i found your site earlier, there's so much to learn from you :)

  7. Hi Pearl, my name is Meruyert what means in my native kazakh language a Pearl. I also have sisters whose names are Diamond, Emerald, and Moonlight. I love your blogging site. I have been reading almost everything since I found it yesterday. Like you I also am a huge jewelry lover, but I don't know how to make them, I simply buy who already made. I loved the historical collection of queens and princesses and their jewelry story. Wish you good luck in your business! i will make sure I join your facebook ^^

  8. Hi Meruyert, That's delightful we share the same name. Your sister's names are delightful! One of my cousins is named Ruby. I guess our parents think we are precious indeed!

  9. I have been receiving your journal via email for several months now, and I only just now read your about me page. I love the journal, all the ideas, jewelry tutorial, book reviews, beginner idea and everything else. I feel blessed to have found you and I wish I lived clse so I could attend your classes. Could you share the details of your jewelry making partiesS? Thanks Ruth

  10. Thanks Ruth for all your kind words! I already shared the information about my beading parties in a past post -

  11. yokabarahona@hotmail.comOctober 6, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    hola soy CHILENA me encanta tu sitio es precioso me encantaria ser su amiga saludos

  12. Thank you Pearl for the amazing posts and offerings on The Beading Gem's Journal is terrific.
    -Eva Maria

  13. I'm so glad you enjoy reading my blog and thanks for the kind comments!

  14. Wow , I feel like the Pandora`s Box has opened for me when I saw your blog ! Fantastic inspiration and knowledge for a beginer in the world of beading and jewellery making , I have found a treasure. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your knowladge. And thanks to Divya N too for giving me a lead to your blog.
    Looking forward to loads of inspiration


  15. Welcome Motidana to my blog! Not sure I would call it a Pandora's box unless you are talking about bead addiction! But I am glad you like my posts and thanks for the encouragement.

  16. Hi Pearl! I have been following your blog for years now and still enjoy it every day. As a former resident of the Maritimes, I always hoped I would get to meet you sometime if we went down east...and today I realized that you have actually moved to Ontario and very close to where I live! I am planning to visit the Grand River Bead Society show and look forward to meeting you at last.

  17. Hi Pearl ! Rick with Bezel Form. Want to do a 72 pc set this year ?

  18. Hi pearl, I was wanting to let you know that I was having some trouble with my kindle when I was attempting to post to the blog about the the gift certificate and using mixed media in projects. I want to apologize if I sent more the one of each post. I really wanted the longer or of two posted, the shorter one is a quickie of the other so if that shorter is the only one then that is ok too. I apologize for any inconveniences I may have caused.

  19. Hi Pearl, my name is Małgorzata - the Polish equivalent for Margaret - and for Pearl too, I think :) I've found your blog about an hour ago and... I love this site!! Keep your work, please! XO

  20. Hi Malgorzata! Thanks so much for the encouragement! It's comments like yours which keeps me going.

    I learned something new today - I did not know the Polish equivalent of Margaret. Now I do!

  21. PS Yes the name Margaret derives from the Greek work margarites for pearls. So we do have the same name!

  22. Hi Pearl
    I have found myself returning to your site time and time again for inspiration and tips and tricks - and reminders of crafts learned and forgotten when I was younger. Thank you for sharing, and bless you!

  23. Thank you so much for your kind words, Rosie! I do want readers to be inspired and creative. There is so much joy to be had making beautiful things.

  24. Hi, Pearl, I got a kick out of your comments about your name, so I thought I would share with you that I have an aunt named Jewell and I always thought it was a beautiful name. She was my grandmother's half-sister. The other half-sister was Leona, which is also lovely, and my grandmother was Mildred, which she hated all of her life. I think Pearl is an exceptional name, and in fact I used it for my white cat. :-)

  25. Is there any way to persuade people not to use religious images in their jewellery. While they may have no qualms about giving offence, people whose religion those images belong to would be offended at seeing their most reverent images reduced to tawdry items. They could well be very polite and not want to offend the person who made the jewellery - who ofcourse has no such morals.

  26. I don't know if that is possible. My take though is that the people who make religious jewelry are themselves religious so it appeals to them. In short, jewelry makers make things they like themselves.

    Those who sell such jewelry are probably target marketing those who might appreciate them.

    I think one of the most offensive things tourists can do in other parts of the world is to walk into a place of worship dressing and behaving inappropriately - something that they would never do in a church back home.

  27. Hi Pearl,
    I'm just stopping in to speak! Hello and thanks for everything!

  28. Love it when readers stop by to say hello! Hope all is well with you, Dolly!

  29. It's nice to put a face to the name. I so enjoy your blog. I have a blog I started quite some time ago, but never kept up with it. If you remember, I am the captain of the EBEG. It is a guild, or group of international bead embroidery artists. I do wish there was a local bead society that I could attend once in a while. I will have to look around and see if I can find one. After all, I do live in a large metro area. (Kansas City) Thank you for all your hard work!
    Carolyn Turner

  30. Thanks so much Carolyn for taking the time to let me know. I really appreciate your kind works. Blogging does require regular posts. Maybe try less frequent posting like once a week?

    Yes, there is a bead society in your area!
    I am sure they would love to have you.

  31. Thanks for contacting me about winning the Goody Beads giveaway. I am so excited that I can't think about anything else right now. I love your name Pearl. You are one!

    Patience Pontious

  32. Pearl - Since you liked my hinged clay bracelet, I thought you might enjoy my book "Hinged Clay Bracelets" which is now on Amazon. It contains 25 projects with new ways to link polymer clay bracelt parts. Your Blog offers so much helpful information! Thank you for sharing. - Gloria

  33. Such a pretty and smart lady. I just stumbled on your page and am really enjoying what I am reading. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  34. Great Pearl - what I can say. She wrote very useful acrticle. And she constantly continues to write on this topic. Here are two other links
    I. Bead-n-Stitch Beading Software Review and Giveaway
    II. Peyote Creator Software Program Review and Giveaway

  35. sechanalyagh / thank you Pearl for sharing your passions, so beautiful to see someone being able to leave their job to take up their passions for survival, thank you for being such a great role model ;) <3 Marilyn B

  36. Hi Pearl, I love your work. I was wondering if you are interested in working on special projects.

    1. Thanks for the kind comments. It depends on what it is. I have to mention that I don't have the time for commissions any more.


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