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Charming Beads is owned and developed by Something Crafty Ltd.

Something Crafty Ltd was founded by myself, Paul Donnelly, back in April 2010, having taken voluntary redundancy from an IT career at Lloyds Bank. I was extremely bored with my 9-5 office job and needed to do something a little different. My wife Denise, who is a mad-keen crafter, suggested I consider selling beads. At first I thought she was joking, but when I actually looked into it I realised just how amazingly popular jewellery making is.

I set about sourcing potential suppliers from Holland, Czech Republic, USA, Brazil, India, and China. Within no time I had made some large bulk purchases and set about setting up Something Crafty as a business.

Because of those existing supply lines, we are able to offer beads to the UK market at very competitive prices, whilst still maintaining a high standard of quality. We appreciate our very loyal customer base that grows on a weekly basis.

After our huge success on eBay, we opened our own ecommerce shop in 2011, http://www.charming-beads.co.uk, to appeal to non-eBay customers. We have the exact same stock in both stores. You can enjoy a 10% discount using code EBAY1

In June 2012, Denise Donnelly joined Something Crafty Ltd as Sales & Marketing Director. Denise brings a whole wealth of experience to the company and will help us to expand further still. Our future plans are to expand into supplies for cardcraft, needlecraft, cakecraft, and any other craft I can think of, hence the name Something Crafty!

I absolutely love my day-to-day activities now. I get so excited when new beads come into stock - especially if we have not sold them before. You could say I have turned into a bead fanatic!

We now specialise in gemstones and crystals, offering some of the lowest prices in the UK. I have a particular love of gemstones and my knowledge of them increases every day. I am forever trying to source new gemstones and shapes at the best prices.

Feel free to message me for a chat about anything. I love "talking shop" with fellow bead-a-holics! I'm also receptive to suggestions and requests. See just how to do this on our Contact Us page.

One final thing to say - having come from a corporate background where customer service is king, I have a deep-founded appreciation of what consitutes great service. Give us a try and I promise you will not regret it.

Take care,

Paul xx

PS - Please take a moment to read and consider our four-part promise to you:

  • We will help you stand out from the crowd by offering something a little bit different from other sellers.
  • All our products have been carefully selected for you to create quality jewellery at affordable prices.
  • We take extreme care with our packaging so your items arrive to you in perfect condition.
  • Above all we put your needs first and provide you with an excellent customer experience.