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Ornamentea is in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.
They have an exceptional selection of filigree charms, ornaments, and findings.
This wall of glossy, colorful beads in jars was so inspiring to browse.
Many of the bead jars are adorned with a project idea to try yourself—a nice touch!
Ornamentea is in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

Ornamentea is in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

Photo: Susan Beal

When I was in Raleigh last week, I had the chance to stop by Ornamentea and choose some instant favorites from their lavish selection of beads, charms, and ephemera. The owner, Cynthia Deis, has a marvelous eye for color and texture. Speaking of Cynthia, she has a great new book out, Beading with Filigree—I'll be posting a full review soon!

I snapped a few photos while I was there, and scouted their webshop, too. Here are my picks for some lovely beading and jewelry-making delights.

• The entire bits, bobs, and charms section is fantastic, but I especially like the bold acrylic pendants, vintage-look lockets, and this wonderful octopus—I bought two of him!

• I snapped a picture of one tray of filigree, but the selection online is wonderful—just enjoy browsing the whole page if you have time!

• There's a lot of great chain to look through, but I especially like this oversized rolo chain collection, available in lots of finishes.

• And they have a lovely mix of ribbons to choose from.

A fantastic online-only bonus is their free tutorials page—it's filled with enticing projects to try. Cynthia also keeps a blog that's fun to read and offers lots of sneak previews and peeks!

And if you're in town, here's the info for shopping in person:

Ornamentea; 509 North West St., Raleigh, NC 27603; 919-834-6260


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Comments (61)

DeborahJCoon writes: Amazing! I am inspired.
Posted: 12:58 pm on September 22nd
kiraromero writes: Thanks for a nice post
Posted: 2:02 am on September 7th
Bianceray writes: Amazing selection of ornaments things
Posted: 12:23 am on September 5th
mariaberlanga writes: Great Work..
Posted: 3:28 am on August 19th
mariaberlanga writes: Great Work..
Posted: 3:28 am on August 19th
mariaberlanga writes: Great Work..
Posted: 3:28 am on August 19th
kimguzman2 writes: Very nice work....
Posted: 1:24 am on July 6th
josesacks01 writes: nice stuff.
Posted: 12:28 am on June 24th
GloriaPhillip writes: One thousend mile
Posted: 1:35 am on June 14th
MarchandGary writes: Great shop front ..If you want service ..our ssf group company provide shutter & shop front construction service

Posted: 1:05 am on May 21st
Rander12 writes: Great one
Posted: 11:20 pm on May 15th
VarunDhavan writes: Great front Design
Posted: 12:47 am on May 7th
luizamodel writes: Very nice
Posted: 2:09 am on May 6th
JamiePRoss writes: Well done.
Posted: 1:17 am on May 5th
marychunn writes: Susan this is nice.
Posted: 7:16 am on April 26th
clarkking40 writes: Too much informative
Posted: 3:31 am on April 22nd
MaryShackelford writes: Its good idea for Ornamentea, thanks for the post
Posted: 2:31 am on April 5th
tpmike writes: Superb work
Posted: 3:29 am on March 30th
EdnaDReed writes: Thanks for the such a nice post
Posted: 11:23 pm on March 20th
JeffGIsrael12 writes: Great Idea.
Posted: 2:32 am on March 19th
NicoleTFlynn writes: Excellent Job Susan
Posted: 4:00 am on March 17th
PaulWAdams writes: Great idea to collect ornaments thing.
Posted: 10:40 pm on March 15th
DorisCGonzalez writes: Its looking unique design
Posted: 7:26 am on March 14th
CarlosLSeth writes: Its really great idea! Susan Beal
Posted: 5:01 am on March 14th
JamesJGeyer writes: Great job, Best of luck!
Posted: 3:19 am on March 9th
MayraWVargas writes: These are awesome one.keep it up.
Posted: 2:42 am on March 8th
EdWallace writes: Best of the Best, really well said

Posted: 2:24 am on March 8th
MarkNChambers writes: Awesome idea!

Posted: 11:56 pm on March 6th
VirginiaSchmidt writes: Good idea !
Posted: 3:57 am on March 2nd
RobertPrill writes: Awesome collection of ornament things.
Posted: 2:43 am on February 15th
MeghanNAlcala writes: Superb job!
Posted: 4:14 am on January 21st
karencooper453 writes: Brilliant!!
Posted: 8:26 am on December 15th
Keithroshik writes: Wonderful
Posted: 3:18 am on December 8th
Paul_Mennon writes: GR8 Work
Posted: 10:20 am on November 26th
Lucimonteiro writes: Thanks for sharing. I just love ornaments...
Posted: 9:53 am on November 15th
KumGee writes: Great workk
Posted: 6:28 am on November 14th
WandeyDawson writes: Gud job.... keep it up!!!!
Posted: 5:06 am on November 10th
adoraribs writes: This is great work done
Posted: 4:04 am on July 23rd
Jelkstrish writes: Unless we send out a clear message to the Bob Diamonds and Howard Schultz's of this world they will never learn!
Posted: 8:22 am on July 14th
Susanmalik writes: this is great arrangement
Posted: 3:16 pm on June 30th
Harrysafraz writes: Love this
Posted: 2:41 pm on June 15th
Rehanamark writes: After spending three years in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, I find that I am able to see much more clearly the interconnections between today's geo-political imbalances and many of our social predicaments - for instance: Everyone needs to stop submitting to the processed-food mafia and get back to *real* nutrition. Viva la revolucion! Viva Chavez.

Posted: 8:29 am on May 28th
FannieMay writes: That's just one more reason why we must stop multinationals from buying up British companies!
Posted: 1:17 am on May 18th
136 writes: nice
Posted: 9:52 pm on April 21st
136 writes: This is pefect
Posted: 9:50 pm on April 21st
Jennislav writes: I love this
Posted: 2:07 am on April 21st
Soniarana writes: This is nice
Posted: 2:13 pm on April 14th
Jazzken writes: this is superlike
Posted: 2:07 am on March 31st
philipmcnabb writes: Very impressive.. Really good
Posted: 12:23 am on March 13th
James911 writes: Very nice ornament
Posted: 7:22 am on March 8th
mickervine writes: your store looks very nice indeed
Posted: 2:08 am on February 25th
snusteve writes: Awesome Job
Posted: 11:49 am on February 22nd
jamescollison writes: very nice ornament
Posted: 4:39 am on February 18th
Movieman writes: great stuff
Posted: 9:12 am on November 14th
johnsonpaul writes: well done
Posted: 9:25 am on November 6th
mattpearson writes: love the coloring
Posted: 2:39 am on August 19th
Sukhibatth writes: really very hugh collection :)
Posted: 1:04 am on August 7th
Movieman writes: It available in stores at my place
Posted: 3:20 am on August 1st
Lynneathecraftyone writes: I haven't gotten to the store, but I love this site and the owner! I look forward to her blogs and tutorials every week and her witty comments on Facebook. If I am ever anywhere near Raleigh I will definitely have this on my list to do!
Posted: 10:30 pm on April 26th
steampunkave writes: I buy all my stempunk watch supplies online from onrnamente. They are so helpful and professional.
One of these days I will go on a road trip from florida and visit their lovely store in person
Posted: 2:28 pm on February 28th
LindaPermann writes: neato! I love how it is arranged in jars! i've ordered from them before but never seen the inside of the store- thanks for sharing!
Posted: 6:26 pm on September 17th
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