Often beginner beaders feel overwhelmed with the bead choices at the start of our workshops and at beading parties. With some tips and guidance, they are then able to create their own unique jewelry.

So what would freak out instructors like us? Gem shows, that's what. As you can see from this neat photograph taken at a San Mateo, California gem show, the choices are truly mindboggling. The mother of all gem and bead shows in North America has got to be one in Tuscon, Arizona, held every February. Every space that could exhibit - hall, convention centre, hotels - is used. Truly, a beadaholic heaven.

Photo Credit : Saveena aka LHDugger on Flickr