About OBP

Meticulously handcrafted jewelry and personal embellishments inspired by the stories, styles and materials of a more opulent past.  Each piece is unique and made completely by hand, one bead at a time.


Our designs feature Czech and Japanese glass, Austrian crystals, freshwater and crystal pearls, gemstones, shells and other natural materials, paired with quality fittings in sterling, gold fill, pewter or bronze. Gold, silver and palladium plated seed beads are lavishly applied in many designs.  We scour the markets for unusual, vintage, antique and unexpected stones and findings that cannot be revived or duplicated.


Every piece must be comfortable to wear as well as lovely to look at.


Inspiration may come  from Regency, Victorian and Edwardian England, from the Courts of Bourbon France and Romanov Russia. The stylized designs of Celtic, Viking and Egyptian artisans are reinterpreted in our stunning neckpieces. 


​We draw colors and textures from the natural world, and incorporate them into graceful and often witty forms of flowers, gardens and sea creatures.  Often the design process is led by the beauty of a spectacular focal stone.

 

Our one of a kind pieces are showcased on this website and may be purchased here or or via email at ourbeadedpast@gmail.com


We participate in a few juried fine craft shows each year, but because each piece is produced individually and with careful attention, the number of pieces thar can be offered for sale is limited.


Please contact us to inquire about the availability of pieces or about new work.  Information is also available on the Blog. New designs are featured on Instagram — search for #ourbeadedpast.