This is Lea Bead™ #112, "KALEIDOSCOPE". This pretty Lea Bead™ is a hand made murano glass bead with various colores striped through each bead horizontally. This is one of our customer's favorite beads! The stripes are metallic and glittery, very appealing!
This bead is from the second run batch of Lea Beads and at time of listing this bead, it is about half way sold out. Don't wait too long on this one. There is also a Kaleidoscope II with different shades of stripes that was made in the third run batch. Watch for it soon!
We are listing more Lea Beads daily until they are all listed on the site, so stay tuned! The third batch run has beads in it that are out of this world!
OUR PHOTOS DO NOT DO OUR LEA BEADS™ JUSTICE! We have had more than a few people tell us that our Lea Beads™ are much prettier in person than they are online. So until we can find the time to take better photos of our Lea Beads™, we ask you to take our word for it, and remember that there is a money-back guarantee on everything we offer on our website!
LEA BEADS™ are a Silverocity® exclusive! The owner of Silverocity® (Kelly) designs and makes the murano glass bead. When she has made several beads in several styles, she ships them to a silversmith in Texas who mounts the beads to a solid sterling silver core. Kelly is a great gemologist, but she cannot stamp well, and she wanted these to be perfect. The core is stamped with our name on one side and LEA 925 on the other side. Lea was the middle name of Kelly's stillborn daughter, Christina Lea. The beads were designed in her memory. Christina Lea (pronouced like Lee, not Leah) was born on January 14, 1984. She would have been 30 this year, but it feels like just yesterday for Kelly. Kelly wanted to do something in Christina Lea's honor, and came up with the idea to make these beautiful, exclusive beads! Christina's first name was too long to stamp on the charms, so she went with her middle name, Lea.
When Kelly makes the beads, she makes only 100 of each design. She actually just makes 50 at a time, but will make the other 50 when the first 50 start to run low. So you may see them "out of stock", but this just means that the first batch of 50 are gone. If it reads "Out of Stock" and also reads RETIRED, they are gone for good, and the only way to buy them would be to find someone else who has one and try to buy it from them. There are a few people who are buying anywhere from two to ten of these beads at a time, so it could be that they plan to sell them once they are retired. If you have a retired Lea Bead™ that you wish to sell, contact me and I will pair you up with someone seeking a retired bead. LEA BEADS™ are marked as "retired" as soon as the final one out of 100 is sold. Of course, there are a few of each design kept for all of us here at Silverocity® right off the top. So what we list is what we have left after we have all gotten ours. Kelly keeps a few of each for herself and family, so that really does not leave us with too many to sell. Which is why she is making all future batches in quantities of 200 each.
The first five designs are sold out and retired with the exception of Blue Bubbles, #101. That was the very first bead Kelly made and the first to sell out, until she found a stash of them that she had forgotten she put away! She just recently found this bag of beads when we were moving things from the old building to the new, and we will be listing them again shortly.
These beads have become so popular that we will soon offer 200 of each bead on future beads to be made only. We cannot and will not go back on our word on the beads that have already been made and sold. Buyers of those beads were promised that they have one out of 100 ever to be made, and we will hold to and keep that promise. So the first 125 beads that were made will not be made again, unless we have only made the first 50 of them. In that case, of course, Kelly has or will make an additional 50. Some of these beads are already sold out and she has made the second batch of 50, but we are waiting for them to come back from the silversmith, along with many more new designs she has made! It is the new designs that we will probably offer 200 of in total; the ones that have not yet been debuted. If you think about it, that's only four per state. Chances are still great that you still will not run into anyone else who wears the same beads! 100 of each style just goes too fast and Kelly has a hard time coming up with new designs sometimes. Or finds herself making designs that are too similar either to her own, previous designs, or to other famous name beads she has seen, and we don't want that!
LEA BEADS™ have been around for a little over two years, and we have already seen replicas of these beads online. We are sort of OK with this though, because they are not stamped with Lea 925 or with our name Silverocity on the other side. If, however, you do see LEA BEADS™ offered for sale anywhere other than on our website or in our eBay store with our company name and Lea 925, please contact us immediately!
We have many more designs coming shortly, so stay tuned!
The next batch of LEA BEADS™ will cost slightly more due to an increase in our cost. Actually, silver is down right now, but it is up significantly from the last time we had the beads mounted to their cores. On top of that, the silversmith raised his labor rate. So beads #126 and higher will be sold at $9.90 due to these cost increases. We had an exact 95 cent increase, and we are only adding that exact cost increase to our previous price. If our cost goes down by the time we send the second batch of 50 charms in to be mounted to the silver cores, we will decrease our price by the same. We did have a cost decrease once before, and we were able to offer that batch of 50 at $8.49. The next time we had more made, our cost was back up to the original cost, and we had to raise the price backi to our initial price of $8.95.
Till we ship the heavy beads to the silversmith, pay the silversmith for the cores and his labor, and pay the shipping back to us, we do not make much money on these beautiful beads, so we have to charge more for them when our cost goes up.
Thank you for helping us keep Christina Lea's memory alive by purchasing a Lea Bead™!
Posted by Joan Kingsley on 7th Sep 2015
Love, Love, Love! This Auhtentic Lea Bead is amazing! The colors are deeply satrated into the glasss which is so rare when I buy murano beads even from pandora stores sometimes some of them are not saturated like in this one and the rest theat I bought from silverocity that are not on their websight yet. Ask about more styles and theyl'll send you a ctalog TO!
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