Celebrating our 40th Anniversary at Halstead!

Our 40th anniversary at Halstead is a huge milestone for the company, so let's celebrate!


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Halstead Bead, Inc. got its start in Phoenix in 1973 under the management of Tom and Suzie Halstead and has been owned by the Halstead family ever since. 2013 marks our 40th anniversary of service to the jewelry trade.

The Halstead Bead story began when Tom bought a strand of antique African trade beads because of his interest in archaeology and anthropology. He showed his purchase to colleagues at work and immediately had orders from half the women in the office. Tom and Suzie then decided to make jewelry to sell at craft festivals as a hobby. The business continued to grow until they took the plunge in 1975, quit their jobs, and gave the company their full-time attention. Eventually the Halsteads stopped making jewelry and started reselling wholesale beads. The business evolved into a complete jewelry supplies operation that sold to other retailers throughout Arizona and gradually expanded to include clients across the world.

In 1981, the firm moved north to the mountains and tall pines of Prescott, Arizona. After much growth, the company now occupies a new warehouse and office facility that was built in 2004. The second generation of Halsteads is now involved in the business as well.

Thank you for your patronage. We are looking forward to the next 40 years to come.

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  • I think we will see new glass pearl colors along with new crystal shapes.
    I also believe that more of us are turning to using a torch to create new mixed media desgins.
    I am going to a torch enameling class this February in Tucson and can’t wait. I want to learn how to use one for soldering and enameling to make new and exciting pieces and start trying to sell when I perfect these techniques! πŸ˜€

  • i think felted jewelry will be bog this year as ppl are branching out from the norm!! im curious to try it myself to incorperate it in my jewelry making!! thanks for the giveaway!!

  • I would like to see more old school return, The American Indian beading style is beautiful. I like to do a few modern pieces, but Looming and Off looming is my passion.

  • We’ll definitely see lots of layering—necklaces with varying lengths, texture and tones. I am also predicting gold will be in high demand. Our holiday sales for gold/gold toned items this season were nearly DOUBLE what they were Christmas 2011.

    On another note, thanks for the wonderful products and service. We are thrilled with every item we receive from Halstead and wish you 40 more years of continued success. πŸ™‚

  • I believe we will see more handcrafted items and OOAK items in mainstream jewelry trends. Copper and brass will be huge still as the metals market has still not come down and as the economy still plunges. Also I believe you will see chunky jewelry coming back rather then the thin delicate multi layers of this past year. I also think there will be some seriously strange repurposing of items to make designs stand out. πŸ˜€

  • I believe we will see more of the 1920’s, Art Deco designs with a modern, classic, elegant twist & vibrant, sparkling color schemes using crystals, gemstones, pearls, gold & silver. I’m going to be working on these ideas, so hope I’m right!

  • I am using a lot of materials I used to throw away. I like the challenge of using everything I can to create a wonderful piece. I am currently working on reconditioning an old doll house. I am using carpet samples from the hardware store, using the small pieces of fabric, reclaimed wood and many other things. I don’t to give all of my secrets away until I finish it. πŸ˜€

  • I see a year of layering different chains, pendants and charms. Each piece will show an individual personality of the person who is wearing the piece. πŸ˜€

  • I like the blog and the web site too. I’m just getting started in the beading world so i like seeing all the products out there πŸ™‚

  • Love silver bezel settings! I’ll be making more artisan glass beads & combining them with sterling silver chain & bezels in 2013.


  • I predict we will be seeing lots of chunky beads, which will include handmade beads from household materials such as old magazine pages, paper clay, fabric, etc.

  • Just found your blog. Wonderful to see family owned businesses succeeding. Since supplies are getting more expensive I think that there will be a continued interest in modern steam punk and stamping. Also up-cycling continue to gain popularity. But the classics will still be popular for traditionalists and collectors.

  • Happy New Year!

    I predict this year will bring a resurgence of kiln enameling along with the torch enameling. I also think that mixed metals will be particularly popular in bead weaving and wire sculpture.

  • I think we’ll see larger pieces with mixtures of bling and hand craft metal creations. I want to do more working in metals this year, with BLING of course.

  • Upcycling, layering, unexpected elements like sterling or copper with bright neon enamels or gemstones (created or natural) in concrete settings. It’s everything goes as long as it’s different and interesting, and not a year for safe little cute pieces.

  • I believe we will continue to see a focus on flashy, showy, large jewelry, but with a new strength in more classically elegant jewelry also. There is a continuing push for “green” recycled/upcycled/environmentally friendly materials in jewelry.

  • I expect to see less expensive metals since gold and silver have become so expensive. I’d like to see more enamel.

    I’ve been wanting a set up like this. This would be wonderful.

  • I believe we will see more jewelry designs being created with recycled and re-purposed items, I have been seeing quite a bit of this lately, as well as layering, layering seems to more prevalent as well. I would like to see more wire wrap jewelry, as that is one of my favorites. πŸ˜€

  • I believe we will see a lot more bling, and use unique metals to make ourselves feel more beautiful to uplift our moods.

  • I love big wire wrap jewelry!! I would love to see wire & wooden bead jewelry. I think the trend this year will be for brightly colored beads, chain, & wire jewelry!

  • More american made artists would be great. 2013 prediction would be textural with the use of both handmade and natural with a theme of vintage with a modern twist. πŸ™„

  • I see the continuence of what I love…metal! More steampunk, large cuff bracelets, chain maille, etc. I really want to win this as it’s next on my list to learn and buy and will further my creations to a whole new level. Thanks for this opportunity Halstead!

  • I loved last seasons color palette and hope to see more of both the muted and bold tones. I love mixed media. This medium for jewelry is terrific because you can recycle (I use a lot of old paste jewelry parts and “lost” pieces of jewelry.I have loved integrating wire-wrapping with solder and metal clays. All in all I just LOVE looking at and making jewelry.
    Nan πŸ˜›

  • I expect to see more use of alternative metals in jewelry to offset the soaring prices of gold and silver. Clean, modern pieces with accents of semi-precious stones, crystal, and unusual glass.

  • I think lots of layering will be the trend this year. Layering in chains, bangles, leather and so on. I would like to see more of the wiring materials,metal stampings and mixed media at Halstead. Love the silver!

  • I think w/the conscious shift of energies we’ve all been going through, we’ll be seeing more of the natural focus coming back into style. Using the precious metals, genuine stones, pearls, & recycling what we can turning everything we create into a masterpiece…

  • With the consciousness of the energy shifts we’ve all been feeling, I think we’ll see more usage of the natural elements to aid us in our daily functions. Precious metals, stones, gems, hemp, & recycling the old in is becoming a great trend. The more feeling behind it the more precious it becomes.

  • I love the upcycled and found object elements of the Steampunk blended and married with the classic lines and intricate filigree of the Elegant Victorian Age. Miniature, original works of art to celebrate and embrace beauty, in many forms. I can see the appeal of this style of work growing and finding an increased market as women and men seek to find a more expressive style unique and as individual as they are.

  • Oh my gosh, this was part of my ”Jewelry New Years Resolution”, learn to solder. And the other typical ”to lose weight” πŸ˜• I’m going to agree with the above remarks about layering jewelry.

  • I think that we’re going to see more chunky jewelry and also a return of the necklace with a drop. I’d like to see some new trends in loom weaving.

  • I think we will see more natural items used in jewelry making, with more natural stones and metals.
    My soldering iron just gave out in November, it was an old hand-me-down from my father-in-law.
    With that said I love making jewelry and i love your beads. πŸ˜‰

  • I think that upcycling of mixed media materials will continue, and I hope that incorporating felted jewelry elements in finished pieces will become an upcoming trend. At least I am going to do my part to make that happen.

  • i have been wishing for a set up like that so i can start making my own bracelets and rings so far all i have it the soldering gun would love to see more tutorials for soldering and bib necklaces.

  • With Pantone declaring Emerald the colour of the year, I see a lot of deep green stones: emeralds, tsavorites, deep green jade, chrome tourmaline, malachite, etc.

  • With some of the color trends leaning toward the warmer colors, and the economy still recovering, I believe the key will be more ethnic and combined media, along with ways of saving money. This will include revamping old jewelry to create an uplifting, warm new look.

  • I would like to see use of recycled/upcycled mixed metal, layer, use of fiber and natural stone/crystals. Happy New Year!

  • I think we will see designs lean towards the vintage styles of the 1920’s, as artist continue to create upcycled creations using old jewelry along with mixed metals(that’s what I’m working on). Bigger, bolder and layered looks too. While in Chicago last month I noticed the store windows were full of HUGE pearls and sparkly vintage broach designs. Let the fun begin!

  • Because of the economy I think that the trend will include the remaking of old jewelry pieces to make them more glamorous. This would also give more value to the clothes we already have. New things can be made with old metal pieces to improve the look of the piece and outfit by making it more original. The kit

    you are giving away has all the tools needed for this venture.


  • As one of the other bloggers noted Pantone chose Emerald green as 2013 color of the year. With more and more jewelry makers using the look of Vintage style & ideas, metals with their natural patena colors may be the next idea that becomes a rage; i.e. copper & green, brass & oxidized brass.

  • I predict that retro roaring 20’s will be prominent this year and next too. Greens and blacks will be more popular that other colors. πŸ˜‰

  • I think we will see lots of recycled and upcycled items in the jewelry this year. I certainly will be doing that!

  • Long necklaces, lots of chains, chunky beads & pendants. Blingy rings too! Jewel tones. Love your store! KBK Designs orders from you all the time! Great Prices & superior products!

  • i think we the new wave of fantasy scifi horror steampunk and goth in the media twilight harry potter will influence our jewerly designs in the up coming year thank you

  • I think the upcoming trend will be jewelry that is versatile and can be dressed up or down to suit any outfit. This makes a jewelry purchase more wallet-friendly as there are more options and opportunities for wear.

  • I don’t know enough about fashion trends to make predictions, but given the Pantone color for the year, I am hoping to see more classic jewel shapes and settings.

  • I would like to see increased integration of unexpected recycled elements with shiny, sparkly, and fabricated elements. I would great to see an increased social conscousness whether through symbolism, artists’ statements, or charity. A happy and peaceful new year to all!

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