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GemStreet USA comes to town

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Sea Life Beads Anita Pepper
individual lampwork beads by Anita Pepper

GemStreet USA Show & Sale serves up array of jewelry, gems, minerals, beads and more

You’ll find custom-made jewelry, colorful beads, exotic minerals and fascinating fossils from around the world when the GemStreet USA Show & Sale comes to Cleveland on September 27-29 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea.

Local and national artists and collectors will reveal all the latest jewelry trends incorporating gold, silver, copper, gemstones, pearls, diamonds, intricate beadwork and wire wrapping. And if you want to make your own jewelry, you will also find an array of beading supplies, tools and educational materials.

Nationally renowned glass bead artist Anita Pepper specializes in artisan handcrafted glass beads and jewelry. She creates bead sets in contemporary shapes and styles, as well as some whimsical pieces. “A bead is like a tiny painting, made with total concentration while molten glass is layered to create beautiful designs for someone to use in their jewelry creations,” she says.

Just for this show, Anita has created a new line of large-hole beads to fit most bracelet and necklace systems. “Making the bridal beads, I start with a white, black, or silver base layer, then apply a layer of clear crystal with dichroic sparkles or fine silver embedded in it,” describes Anita. “Next, I create blooming pink or antique ivory roses with green leaves and encase them in a final layer of sparkling crystal. I make simple spacer beads available to go with the bridal beads in black, silver, ivory, and popular colors for bridesmaid dresses.”

Anita also will showcase her unique sea life beads, which feature whimsical jellyfish, coral reef, sea turtles with sand and shells, starfish, and ocean wave beads with raised water droplets.

Mineral expert and crystal therapist Maria Celeste from Gems by Celestial Dancer will showcase some rare semi-precious stones and crystals, such as gorgeous deep blue lapis lazuli from Pakistan and delicate rose quartz from Madagascar. “Another interesting piece I’ll bring to Cleveland is a magnificent 29-inch gazing crystal sphere with rainbow inclusions from Brazil,” she says.

In addition to jewelry and minerals, a host of decorator items for the home and office will be available at the show, such as petrified wood pieces, colorful mineral and crystal specimens and exotic carved bamboo masks.

Show hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $6 general admission, (free for children under 12 years old). Ticket is good all weekend. For more information on GemStreet USA, contact its organizer, Jane Strieter-Smith at 216-521-GEMS (4367) or visit

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