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Join us for our 25th Anniversary party! February 3rd from 12-7pm
Look below for details on our past events!
More FUN to come!
We're open 10:30am-7pm today! See you during the OB Street Fair 2017! #TheBlackBead
February 3rd, 2017 we celebrated our 24 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!! WOW!
Thank you to every Black Bead lover for allowing us to help you create all these years! 
Having fun with friends at the 2017 OBMA Awards!
OBMA awards
Happy Holidays from #TheBlackBead!
Happy Holidays
We got awarded BEST BEAD SHOP IN SAN DIEGO by San Diego CityBeat Readers in 2016!!!!
Best Bead

Happy Halloween!


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FYI We will be closed Easter Sunday

Gracie Easter




Spring is Here! Tax Relief Discount Sale

Take 20% off from April 14th - 28th your total purchase (some exclusions apply).




The Black Bead Twenty Year Anniversary Party!

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Join us for refreshments and enjoy 20% off the entire store- NO exclusions!

No Coupon Necessary- just come in Saturday, February 2nd (10:30-7pm)

and join the celebration.

Thanks to all of you that supported us through the years.

Shop Front


Special Holiday Hours:

Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day

Open Christmas Eve for your last minute shopping... 10:30am-4pm.


2012 Bead Shop Hop

Three Consecutive Weekends in September (Friday through Sunday)

at The Black Bead

"Pirates of the Caribbean"

Pirate LogoGracie Pirate


Extended Bead Shop Hop Hours at The Black Bead!


September:  7th -9th ,14th -16th and the 21st - 23rd.   

Fridays and Saturdays (10am-7pm) and Sundays (10am-6pm)  


If you are a Bead Shop Hopper start your Shop Hoppin' here at The Black Bead.  The first 25 Shop Hoppers will receive a free charm bracelet with a Pirate-themed charm of your choice and the official 2012 movie themed Bead Shop Hop Charm as well.
In fact, all participating Shop Hoppers will receive a free Pirate Charm. (While supplies last.)

Another benefit:  all Bead Shop Hoppers at The Black Bead will get to pick an Instant Win Coupon for a chance to win great prizes like free store merchandise, a "Pirates of the Caribbean" DVD, 10% off total purchase and even 50% Off one item coupons.

Metal Buttons We are also having a trunk show featuring high quality Metal Buttons. These buttons have an amazing look and feel to them.
Many of them were made in Italy and are no longer in production.
The majority have a shank on the back & some are sew through.
Buttons have become popular in jewelry design, accessories for shoes, hats, purses, and apparel.
Try them on your favorite jacket, or as a toggle for a bracelet. 



If your not a Shop Hopper yet, don't worry; Shop Hop Passports are available at The Black Bead.

Each participating shop has a different Movie Theme. You'll be welcomed with special promotions, trunk shows, make 'n takes, refreshments, and more! (Participation varies from store to store.) 

Click here for a PDF with all the information you need about prizes

and participating shop locations.

Bead SHop Hop 2012


Beaders Give Back Craft Donation Drive

August 1-18, 2012

Join us in our efforts to collect donations for the Polinsky Children’s Center of San Diego.
Every day the Polinsky Center helps 60-90 children per day who have been separated from their families, are in danger, neglected or whose parents are unable to provide for them.
We are collecting donations of: Beads, Craft Supplies, Monetary and or Wish List Items.

Give a gift for creativity & hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Donations accepted at the Black Bead during regular store hours.

Wed - Sat 10:30 - 7:00 PM; Sun 11:00 -6:00 PM

(Closed Monday & Tuesday)

Beaders Give Back



Beaders' Night Out May 4th, 2012 (5-7pm)

Beaders Night OUt 2012



“For the Love of Beads” Jewelry Design Contest 2012

Logo Sponsored by the Southern California Local Bead Store Association

This is your chance to be the "Design Star" at The Black Bead. 

All you have to do is create an original piece of jewelry that is either strung or bead woven and show your love of beads! Choice of materials is open to whatever you can find at The Black Bead. Entry Deadline: June 23, 2012 For your application- click here.

Two Contest Categories • Two Winners Per Category • 12 Winners

Judges are SCLBSA store owners in each region and judging is based on overall design, visual appearance and impact, originality, and execution.

Stringing Category
First Place - $100 Gift Certificate (3 regional winners)
Honorable Mention - $50 Gift Certificate (3 regional winners)

Bead Weaving Category
First Place - $100 Gift Certificate (3 regional winners)
Honorable Mention - $50 Gift Certificate (3 regional winners)

The fine print: Contest is open to all customers and is free to enter. Employees and family members of local bead stores affiliated with the SCLBSA and professional and/or paid bead instructors are not eligible.

For more information- click here. Please submit entry to The Black Bead by June 23, 2012. Your entries will be on display in our store from June 30 - July 7! Winners Announced: June 27, 2012.



2/01/12-The Black Bead celebrates nineteen years on February 3, 2012


We want to thank all of our supportive customers for continuing to think of us when inspiration strikes. Drop by the shop on Friday, February 3rd for light refreshments, your chance to win a gift basket worth $35 and to see our cool new stuff that will provide you with endless hours of jewelry making enjoyment.

Shop Hours:

10:30 - 7:00 PM

See you then!

The Black Bead

Stop by and discover all our wonderful treasures!

Jewelry Supplies, Beads, Beading, Wire Wrapping, Jewelry Making, Agate Slabs, Bezel Set Gemstones, Bezel Set Shell Pendants, Base Metal Clasps, Bone, Jewelry Making Books, Ceramic, Chain by the Foot, Cinnabar, Sterling and Gold- Filled Clasps, Cloisonne, Cord, Leather and String, Crystal Rhinestones, Swarovski Crystal, Dichroic Glass, Ethnic Beads, Faceted Glass, Gemstones, Gift Bags, Glass Beads, Handblown Glass, Leather, Jewelry Making Magazines, Freshwater Pearls, Assorted Pendants, Seed Beads, Shell Pendants, Silver Charms, Soap Stone, Stone Pendants, Silver Wire and Beading Wire, Bali and Thai Silver, Wire Wrapped Stones, Wood, Tools, Turquoise, pheasant feathers, Satin Hamilton Gold, colored wire, Eyepins, Headpins, Soldered Jumprings, Indonesian Glass and much more!