Carolina Beads & Gem Stones, a Creative Paradise

Posted Feb 5th, 2020 in Retail Roundup


Creative people apply their skills to many different crafts. One such craft is beadwork, the art of attaching beads to one another with thread or thin wire to create jewelry or a variety of adornments.

Whether you’re a novice or an expert, Carolina Beads & Gem Stones in Downtown Wilmington has everything you need to get started as a hobbyist. It also has beads and gems of every shape, size and color to tackle highly complex designs. What’s more, if you’re interested in learning this skill and don’t know where to start, this unique store in the Cotton Exchange also offers classes starting at $25 (plus supplies) for one and a half hours. Classes are available by appointment and are held in the store during business hours.

If you’re hooked by a class on basic bead stringing, develop your skills further with wire linking or knotting classes. Before you know it, you’ll be wanting to apply your new-found skills to create beaded rings, bracelets, tassels and more. Also, tell your friends because groups of up to 10 people, parties and social events can also be accommodated after hours or on Sundays. For more complex projects, or if you are interested in learning techniques not covered by the basic classes, they offer a “Pick Our Brain” workshop.

For the owner, Gina Allison, Carolina Beads & Gem Stones was the result of her falling in love with beads and beadwork in California in the 1990s. After 25 years in business, her shop has gained popularity with people of all ages and genders.

Today, the shop is managed by Maria Buchanan, a skilled creative with a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Design, who has been making jewelry all her life. She applies her skills to help you with your designs and also does custom work and repairs. Maria says that with hundreds of different beads and gemstones to choose from, you can really let your creative side shine.

Buying your materials from a locally owned and operated business has benefits over buying online too. All the products in the shop are from reputable companies and the gemstones are sourced from ethical mines. Everything here is very affordable and, unlike buying your supplies in bulk from elsewhere in the world, you can choose the quantities you want to buy.

So, eliminate any uncertainty and benefit from experienced artists by shopping at Carolina Beads & Gem Stones.

Hours: Mon-Sat, 10:00 – 5:30 p.m. Sun, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Carolina Beads & Gemstones
326-A Nutt St
Wilmington, NC 28401

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