The Delaware Valley Bead Society (DVBS) will present Mark Fleishman’s “Bead Forum and Trunk Show” on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at 7pm in the Café of the Hunterdon County Senior Center, 4 Gauntt Place - Building #1, Flemington, NJ. The program is free and open to the public, but non-members must pre-register.
If you have been wanting to use gemstones in your jewelry-making, but were hesitant due to lack of knowledge, join the members of the DVBS for Fleishman’s bead forum. He will cover topics such as what to look for in terms of natural quality, how best to choose between natural beads and enhanced ones, how to use color and the structure of the material to judge quality. In addition to a discussion of the scientific background of certain stones, Fleishman will touch on the history of natural and enhanced specimens and how colors came to be. You will learn of other natural materials that are suitable for jewelry, such as common fossils, pearls and even animal parts. He will also discuss availability and hardness (durability) of gemstones, and give us a bit of an understanding of how to determine which beads are natural, which are “enhanced” or synthetic, and which are incompatible with natural history. A question and answer period will follow the discussion. Additionally, he will have a trunk show where beads of all types will be available for analysis, purchase or trade.
Fleishman’s program will be presented during the two-hour DVBS meeting. To register, e-mail your name, address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (908) 246-1231.