Best Jewelry Store: A greed-inducing collection of all-assembly-required trinkets
Baubles & Beads
Okay, so it's not technically a jewelry store, but don't tell that to the hordes of women who comb through the hundreds of types of beads -- from brilliant-colored Swarovski crystal to vintage Lucite, wooden beads to Japanese seed beads -- to create the perfect necklace, earrings, or bracelet. The Shattuck Avenue store has grown considerably since its humble beginnings fourteen years ago, and now has one of the most extensive and well-picked collections of beads in the East Bay. And we're not talking hippie-dippy. The stones, pendants, and accessories here can be elegant and sophisticated or trendy and chic. The buyers scour the world looking for the best beads, which are all here in one location. In the likely event that you're overwhelmed with possibilities, the store also offers classes in all levels of beading, wirework, and even metalsmithing. So whether you're looking to restring an old favorite or take a crack at your own creation, Baubles & Beads won't let you down.