Jurate's Bead Shop Is A Hit In Vilnius

jurate_beadshop_008.jpgJurates Akmeneliai, (Jurate's Little Stones) a unique store where one can buy beads from all over the world and make one's own jewelry, opened its doors in Old Town Vilnius in November, 2005. The store was designed and is owned by Jurate Kazickas, a Lithuanian American living in New York.

From the very first day, shoppers responded enthusiastically to this new concept. Instead of just buying an expensive piece of jewelry, now anyone can select from a variety of beautiful glass, stone and semi-precious beads and design an original necklace or bracelet -in less than an hour.

The store, a comfortable, elegant place, decorated with antiques, is located at Pylimo Gatve 22D,Vilnius. Thousands of strands of beads – pearls, coral, turquoise, Czech glass, stones from China and India - hang on the walls and are displayed on a large wooden table. There are two work areas in the rear of the store where as many as 12 people can sit down and create their jewelry. Two full time instructors are available to show how to string the beads and finish off the piece with a clasp. “Making jewelry is easy and fun,” said Jurate. “Anyone can do it.”

beadshop_inside.jpgNew shipments of beads arrive every few weeks so there is always something different and exciting to buy.

Jurate has brought master beaders from the United States, like Ingrid Weber (left) of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to conduct  classes for those who wish to do more sophisticated work.  

Jurates Akmeneliai also has a “Good Deeds with Beads” program. The store has donated many pounds of beads to senior centers, orphanages, and cancer wards so people who do not have the means or opportunity to come to the store can enjoy the pleasure of making jewelry.

Jurate Kazickas also encourages her clients to consider jewelry design as a means of earning extra-income and has organized venues for such endeavors.

For more information, see www.juratesakmeneliai.lt

Street View of Jurate's Bead ShopFront Window in Jurate's Bead Shop
Store Front of the Bead Shop (left) and Close Up of the Window Front (right).