Hello! I am Pearl 

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 together - writing, reading,crafts, history, photography and science.
I retired from my scientific job in 2012 and now blog full time. 

I also write 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 and wish to share and inspire others.