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Beads on the move – Eureka Crystal Beads has a new home

After many months of search for a perfect place Eureka Crystal Beads has finally moved to a new home. Our new address is: 1005 Main Street suite 112, Pawtucket, RI 02865. We are located now in the Hope Artiste Village. Hope Artiste Village is one of the largest mill restoration projects in Rhode Island. It is a hub of cultural activity. The Village hosts a mix of art studios, lofts, retail shops, light industrial workshops, high tech and internet companies and professional office suites. It boasts cafes, a coffee roaster, a live music venue, fitness studios, designers, artisans, event spaces and a bustling wintertime farmer’s market.

Moving our large inventory and setting up a new place, while we continue shipping your bead orders, is quite a challenge but don’t worry, your bead shipments continue going out in a timely manner.

To celebrate our move, which is directly related to Eureka Crystal Beads unprecedented growth, we have put our Czech Glass Beads and Toho Japanese Seed Beads on sale. It is a limited time sale so if you have not taken advantage of it yet please go to our website now otherwise you may miss it.

We move, you save!

Buy now and take some load off our hands. It is a win-win! You cannot even imagine how heavy these Czech Glass Beads and Japanese Seed Beads are.


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You are welcome to visit when we set up Eureka Crystal Beads showroom. Hope Artiste Village is a cool place. We have a coffee roaster with a coffee shop right next door and a restaurant and a pub down the hallway.

Your response to the moving sale has been phenomenal. Some of the items are already out of stock and will be restocked with a slight delay. Please enter your e-mail in the “notify me” field to be the first one to know that the item is back in stock.

Japanese Delicas and Tulip needles will soon be added to our offering.

Thank you for your support.

Your dedicated Eureka Crystal Beads team.


Mardi Gras Beads: Past, Present and Future

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One thing that Mardi Gras is famous for is the volumes of sparkly beads that mark this annual celebration. But how did this tradition come about?


Above: Mardi Gras beads on a fence in New Orleans

The first Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans occurred in the 1830s but beads became associated with the festival sometime later (though sources cite a wide variety of dates) when necklaces made from Czech glass beads were thrown to parade goers.


The colors of Mardi Gras beads also have important and historical meaning. The traditional colors of purple, green and gold come from the Russian Grand Duke Alexis. During his visit to New Orleans in 1872, the newly founded Krewe of Rex chose the colors of the duke’s royal house for the beads that krewe members would throw from their parade float into the crowds of Mardi Gras revelers.


Above: Vintage Mardi Gras Costumes

Later, they assigned meaning to each color: Purple stood for justice, green for faith and gold for power.

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The idea was to toss the beads to those in the crowd who exhibited these traits; the people who caught them were said to get good luck for the coming year.


Above: Mardi Gras Celebrations today

Though the beads were originally glass, nowadays they’re made of plastic, and are one of the most popular Mardi Gras traditions.


Above: Pati Padell’s Mardi Gras inspired bracelet.

Get into the spirit of Mardi Gras and Carnival with your own Mardi Gras inspired beaded creations using the same traditional Czech Glass beads originally thrown to parade goers!