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! My jewelry is currently showcased in The Art
Connection in the historical Arcade Building on US1 and
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!
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
the 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/Port Saint Lucie I teach at Saint Lucie
County Rock and Gem Club. I teach both beginner and
advanced classes. The sessions are 8 weeks long and we
do a new chainmaille project each week.
|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!