Today I was invited to a Jewellery store Lebeado in West Jesmond, Newcastle by Deborah the lady in charge of all their online operations. I took the two cloest people in my life Jodie and Amy with me and was assured by Deborah that she would come upstairs and meet me as she works in the basement (it is of course a very nice basement though!)
Stepping through the door of the shop I could immediately feel the magic of Lebeado and to call it a jewellery store would be a HUGE understatement, you don’t just buy jewellery here, you can actually make your own.
The whole of the long wall and some free standing units were full of boxes of beads, buttons, gems and Swarovski crystals in every colour and shape. Here’s Jodie showing how much we loved the blue and purple unit
This is the centre shelving uni which was full of jars of big pearls, ceramic pieces and kooky things. In the corner are Amy and Polly, who works there, picking clasps and little extras as she was making a necklace.
Then if you were getting a necklace you could chose the coloured chain or if it was a bracelet you could pick between elastic or silver gold or black wire. This is Polly cutting the Silver chain Amy chose for her necklace.
After that I went downstairs with Deborah to have a lovely chat, she told me all about how Lebeado started from a mother ad daughter spotting a New Zealand ethnic store to setting up there own business which allowed everyone to create their own pieces to suit their style. This is Deborah “working”.
Then we were finished! So here are our hand made jewellery pieces