halstead 1975Halstead Bead, Inc. was born in Phoenix in 1973 by Tom and Suzie Halstead, who made and sold jewelry at local craft fairs.  With time, they decided to stop making finished pieces and instead started reselling all manner of jewelry supplies. By 1975 the business had grown to the point where they decided to quit their regular jobs and make full time work of the company.  Now relocated to Prescott, AZ, Halstead remains a family business, with Tom and Suzie’s daughter Hilary Halstead Scott at the helm, and the third generation of the family working as part of the team.

Although beads were central to the founding of their business, they are now a very small part of Halstead’s business, which instead focuses primarily on a full selection of sterling silver jewelry supplies.  Having developed from a small business, it is their mission to support small jewelry businesses by offering competitive prices, outstanding quality and customer service, and ethical and environmentally responsible sourcing, 

Halstead maintains their well-trained team by investing heavily in continuing education including job specific development as well as company-wide free metalsmithing classes in their in-house teaching studio so that staff may better serve the customers by understanding their craft.

Halstead is committed to helping emerging artists, and for the past 14 years has awarded a deserving up and comer the prestigious Halstead Grant.  The award is based equally on both portfolio and business strategy, and is designed to help entrepreneurs think through critical challenges and seek out resources to build their businesses.  They also sponsor jewelry events and workshops across the US.

With a history as a resource for the maker community, Halstead currently provides important industry content in the Halstead Jewelry Blog that includes business and educational articles, trend reports and technique tutorials.  To keep you current during this time of distancing, the staff at Halstead encourages you to visit their blog and to take full advantage of the helpful articles and tutorials found here.

For more information on Halstead, please visit their website.

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