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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 (22)

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
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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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