New Bel Chain & Bead Who I Am

Hi I'm Genny Smith and I live in Fort Pierce, FL.  Fort
Pierce is fast becoming the art center of the Treasure
Coast.  Lots of good things are happening here.  We have a
beautiful waterfront, museums and many shops to browse
and buy in!  One of the shops is Beads and Baubles is a
first class bead and gift shop.  Here you can take many
unique classes and see some spectacular pieces of finished

My company is called New Bel Chain & Bead.
If you're wondering where I got the name for my business
it's a combination of my first six grandchildren's initials!
Daphne got left out since she was born after the company
was named.  Perhaps I'll have to name a particularly
beautiful piece of jewelry after her!

If you would like to see my jewelry in person (and perhaps
treat yourself to a piece!) go to
Artisans Crafts & Gifts in
Vero Beach Outlet Mall.

My passion for all types of jewelry construction happened
quite by accident.  My son, Bill,  was out on deployment to
the middle-east and I was in beautiful California helping
my daughter-in-law with the care of Emma and Will, two of
my very active and lovable grandchildren.  I needed a night
out and the local quilt shop (my hobby at that time) did not
have any interesting classes.  In quaint
La Mesa village
there is a bead shop called
The Bouncing Bead , that caught
my attention.  My curiosity kicked in and I signed up for a
class.  The rest is history!  Since that time I have attended
classes in Florida, New York and Georgia.  I've attended
William Holland School for Lapidary Arts .  There
under the guidance of Diane Mason I learned wire
wrapping techniques.  Recently I've branched out into
silver smithing under the guidance of
Dan Haga a master
silversmith.  My most recent class at Wm Holland is
advanced chain making taught by a master,
Howard Siegel.

I love teaching!  I meet so many great people.  Here in
Fort Pierce, FL I teach in Beads and Baubles owned by
Susan Barette.   Beads and Baubles carries not only "knock
your eye out" beads but has an array of pre-made jewelry
and great gifts!  You can contact Susan at or call her store at
For a list of the shop's classes, times and dates click here!
This site has new free tutorials periodically so keep
checking back!
I also teach chainmaille at the
Saint Lucie County Rock and
Gem Club in 6 week session through the year.
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If you have friends
interested in learning and
having fun you can host a
jewelry making party in your
home or mine!   I teach
basic beading, chainmaille,
seed bead weaving, silver
smithing and other much
sought after techniques!