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!   M
y jewelry is currently showcased in The Art
Connection in the historical Arcade Building on US1 and
Orange Ave.

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
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.  

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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!