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Sterling at Lima Beads?

Posted by Kevin on October 13 at 07:10 pm

Here at Lima Beads, we’ve been getting a lot of requests lately to carry sterling silver. This is something we’ve been considering for a long time, but we need your help!

What kind of silver would you like to see at Lima Beads?  We’re thinking of carrying the following:

  • Head pins
  • Wire
  • Chain
  • Clasps
  • Ear wires

What are we missing? We would like to start of with a full line of standard items in standard sizes and branch out from there. Our goal is to allow our customers to get as much as they can in one place to save on shipping and time!

We’re especially excited about the wire — it will go nicely with our upcoming line of Cabochons.

Please let me know what you think.  If you’d like to see a certain item in sterling or even a specific brand of silver, tell me in the comments.

We want to do this soon!

Read the comments (or add your own)

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    Karey says:

    How about some beads, cones, and crimps.

  2. CAS
    CAS says:

    Yeh!!!!! I can’t wait! Wire, chain and ear wires without question will be wonderful additions to your line. I’m looking forward to some spectacular new clasps too, as I can never have enough of those. But, most of all, I’m looking forward to head and eye pins in a variety of lengths. I hate having to cut a pin because it’s too long (the frugal yankee in me) for what I’m creating.

  3. CAS
    CAS says:

    Cones too!! I just love those, and can never find really nice ones. Thanks Karey.

  4. Leslie N
    Leslie N says:

    The Items I use every, every, EVERYDAY:

    20, 21, 24 gauge wire. (if you could stock these in copper too)

    2mm, 3mm, 4mm beads smooth ball (if you could stock these in copper too)

    4mm, 6mm, 8mm smooth oval shapes (if you could stock these in copper too)

    Chain – Simple chain I can use for an extender in the back of a necklace big enough links for a lobster claw to clip into. (if you could stock these in copper too)

    Lobster Claws (if you could stock these in copper too)

    All of the above would be GREAT in both sterling and copper!!!!

    If your prices were competitive with [competitor name omitted] 50 + item range. I can see myself ONLY USING LIMA BEADS.

    I would love to just shop you guys and quit using [competitor name omitted] all together.

    Please please please stock above in both sterling and copper.

    Take care,

    Leslie Neidig

  5. E Deutsch
    E Deutsch says:

    I buy alot of bulk sterling chain that I incorporate in my designs. Designer Sterling clasps, with stone insets are my favorites. And intricate Bali Sterling Silver Beads are a mainstay for me.

  6. Bonnie R
    Bonnie R says:

    I understand Leslie. I made it to their 200+ level but still don’t quite enjoy having to use them. My choices are for 7mm seamless sterling and 20g half hard; 16g dead soft Sterling wire.

  7. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    Yayyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you, Thank you Thank, you!!!!!!!!!

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    Caryn g says:

    DITTO re what Leslie says!!! I buy my hardware at [competitor name omitted], but only beads at Lima. Your quality is SOOOO much better. I also am at the 200 level, the prices are good, their silver quality is good. Argentium silver would be so very nice! Would love to see more variety in copper too. I would add jump rings in copper and maybe brass or stainless steel; am getting into some chainmail adventures! We want it all! good luck on the new additions!

  9. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    Sterling silver dead soft wire 14, 16, 18, 20!, 22, 24 gauge. in copper would be nice too… ooooh! and gold fill! not gold plated, 14 karat gold fill. And sterling silver chain too!
    A huge range of gorgeous stone beads, beautiful, quality cabochons, and sterling silver wire? Can you sat kitty in the catnip!!!!!!! WHOOO!!!!!!!

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    Kelli B says:

    Please please please carry chain!! And beads in as many shapes and sizes as humanly possible! And don’t forget spacers!

  11. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    Talk about one stop shopping! How do you guys manage it all?

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    Catherine c says:

    I would be thrilled to use Lima for all my beading needs. I too have been using [competitor name omitted] for silver and would love to support you all instead. The things I use all the time include headpins 2 & 1.5 inch 24 & 26 guage. Lots of clasps, silver spacers, wire-half hard, cones – things with an up-market-southwestern feel are also something I look for. I also use a lot of jump rings. Silver connectors and drops. Anyway I’d love to see you expanding into this area because your quality can’t be beat.

  13. CAS
    CAS says:

    Gold filled beads would be awesome too.

  14. Chrissies wishes
    Chrissies wishes says:

    Sterling jump rings too please!

    And I agree with everyone about the wir and clasps – lots of lobster clasps, ring & toggle clasps, and 26 gauge soft wire.

    I can get these things in the UK but I buy beads from Lima because of the choice, quality & prices and the only thing missing has been STERLING SILVER – I can’t wait!!

  15. ocean lady
    ocean lady says:

    Wow, this will be great. All of the above, the different gauges of wire, maybe some silver charms too, I add them a lot to pieces or use them on earrings. Findings, findings, findings. Its nice to order all you need for a piece together. Also more brass and copper findings, and loving the new gunmetal stuff. Great to watch a wonderful compay grow. :) A big thanks and keep up the good work.

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    Ranjit B says:

    I use silver in fused glass creations as well as in my beading projects.

    Argentium silver is really good, but i also need to find a supplier of pure silver wire in a range of thicknesses (from 29 gauge to 15 or less.

    Can’t wait.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    I agree with Leslie, Bonnie, Caryn and CAS.
    Your beads are superior in quality and I’m just not so sure about using [competitor name omitted]. I am usually disappointed in something in every order.

    Not so with you guys. I am much more confident in what you bring us.

    I’d also love to see 2 to 8mm round and maybe some tube/barrel shapes in sterling beads. And some with a southwest feel would be great. Basically everthing else everybody has already requested.
    Thank you, thank you for bringing us the beads!!
    Mary S

  18. Yvonne S
    Yvonne S says:

    I think it would be great to be able to order sterling silver from LimaBeads. I use head pins in 20 and 22 gauge, all gauges of wire, rounds, spacers and clasps ALL the time. Keeping the costs at a good market value is important, but sterling silver that is high quality is important too. I like cones, and often want small cones or reducers and it is hard to find them at an acceptable price. I order 3-4-5 mm silver balls and daisy spacers all the time and it would be great to be able to have LimaBeads, a trusted source, fill my orders for these as well.

    Keep up the good work!

  19. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    WOW – I guess we should definitely carry sterling silver!

    These are great comments and will definitely help us build the line. Ali has already added several things to our list based on what she has seen here.

    You may have noticed that I took out a few references to a Lima Beads competitor. I did that because although we appreciate the compliments — we don’t want to hurt any feelings :)

    Thanks everyone!


  20. Katrina A
    Katrina A says:

    Could you please please please please sell Snapeez? They also now come in some great rose gold and black colours too……pleasepleaseplease? They’re awesomely easy jumprings that snap closed..great for us arthritic old folks:)

  21. LoriEllen
    LoriEllen says:

    I agree with all said here, but please oh please don’t forget sterling crimp beads and crimp covers! :)

  22. LoriEllen
    LoriEllen says:

    Ooohh, and maybe some day you can also carry beading wire??

  23. LennyL
    LennyL says:

    Carrying silver wire would be great. I have turned so many people on to you and they all have said,”If only they carried silver wire.”

    I can hardly wait.

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    shimmer chick says:

    i agree sterling silver would be awesome. i love lima beads and would really like to be able to buy my sterling from you.

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    C Caron says:

    If you carried the basic sterling silver items, such as crimps, crimp covers, jumprings, split rings, lobster clasps, seamless beads, wire, etc. I would have more time to create instead of shopping on different sites. Great idea! However, please don’t sacrifice the quality and selection of great beads.

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    JEM Beader says:

    Cones and clasps would be GREAT! I love your site and it would be great to be able to pick up more of the things I use all the time. I can’t wait.

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    Juniper Gems says:

    I also would love to see snapeez jump rings, both sterling and their new ultra plate. I use tons of ball- head head pins in 24 ga. 1 1/2 inches is best for me. I also have a hard time find the same item in gold filled. I really like the twisted crimps. They work very well and look great with out a crimp cover. I like the idea of tarnish resistant wire as well. 24 & 26ga are what I use most.

  28. Jennifer A
    Jennifer A says:

    I agree with all of you above but would like to add sterling Bead Caps to the wishlist. And maybe some Karen Hill Tribe silver (beads, spacers, beadcaps etc) too??

  29. Jane MS
    Jane MS says:

    I us a lot of metal spacer beads.

  30. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:

    Wonderful idea. I shop on the internet and all over the country and have never found the quality and service of Lima anywhere else. If I could go to you for sterling as well I would.

    I Wish you would add beading wire as well.

    I love your website and wish you would “add to wish list” directly from order list. You have so much great stuff I sometimes have to delay getting some of the items I want.

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    E holder says:


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    E Gardiner says:

    It would be wonderful if you would carry silver. It’s hard to find decent silver that can be shipped so quickly! Beads, spacers, everything that you carry in copper. More gold spacers would be nice too! Keep up the good work!

  33. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Sorry, just had laser surgery on my eye so didn’t read all the comments but my vote in addition to all I did read is for SILVER BEAD CAPS – in bright or antique finish.

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    S SMITHIES says:

    I agree with everyone!! Go Kevin!!

  35. solaris designs
    solaris designs says:

    Along with the wire, I’d have to put my vote in for tiny seamless beads, jumprings, and crimps as well!

  36. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    I am thrilled to hear you are thinking of adding a sterling line. I have always thought that would be a great additon.
    If you are going to carry the staples – one thing to add is jump rings in all different sizes and weights. I agree with the post above – things that most beaders like to keep on hand are the round sterling balls in 2mm, 3mm, and 4mm. And the flat daisy sterling spacers in 2mm all the way up to 8mm. I use the round sterling beads in all my jewelry when I’m finishing a piece I put a small round ball, my crimp tube and then another small round ball and then I attach the clasps. It makes a nice finished look and keeps the crimp off the stones – helps to keep the crimp from rubbing on the stone beads. This is especially nice if you are using pearls. ANYWAY – great idea. Can’t wait. The gemstones you carry are the best. I have NEVER been disappointed with anything I have purchased. The next thing you might consider adding to your site – is some finished jewelry – made with the fresh picks. Give us beaders some ideas and inspiration.

  37. MaryJane d
    MaryJane d says:

    crimps, crimp covers,soldered (closed) rings to go with lobster style clasps, toggle clasps, spacers, and seamless beads – 2-5mm …
    i happen to love hill tribe silver because of the good it does for those who craft them… and i think the look of them is so unique… they have some interesting clasps, like their square clasp… it is turned on its side like a diamond… i sometimes find that this shape will stay closed better than the rounds…
    best of luck… love your site and support!

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    Edith W says:

    All of the above would be great additions to the site. All of us use these findings probably in each piece we create.

    I am a “Findings” seeker. I would absolutely love to see unusual pieces, especially if they can be used in a design more than one way (for instance – a different placement of the holes so the piece can “flip” from one design to another).

    All in all, I think that the addition of silver to the site would be awesome.

    Don’t forget ‘connectors’, leverbacks and links.

  39. Fashion Chick aka SC
    Fashion Chick aka SC says:

    It would be wonderful if you carried sterling silver!! This would allow me to do one-stop shopping which is always ideal. I love Karen Hill Tribe silver. Please consider jump rings in various sizes, chain, smooth and decorative balls, lobster clasps, toggles,and earwires. I enjoy shopping with Lima’s and this addition would really be helpful!!

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Did you hear my shriek of delight?

    Silver would be awesome!!! Anything you can manage would be welcome! I would love to do 1 stop shopping with you. Basics like you mentioned, plus seamless rounds, saucers, crimps etc. Any and all unusual beads and findings too would be great!

    I don’t do too much blog posting, but I have to say you are the ONLY site I use to buy beads. You have a great selection of gemstones, with lots of unusual/hard to find items! I order with complete confidence and I know I’ll be getting top quality when it comes. Also, the speed with which orders arrive is amazing.

    Thank you and keep it up!

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    Ruth C says:

    GREAT! HOw about spacers and bead caps? ANd I agree about the cones, nice designs and not just the plain ones.

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    Deona W says:

    Please!!!! I love sterling silver and it’s the onlly thing you don’t carry. Wire, pins, clasps, crimps and cones.

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    Vinita W says:

    Add my “yes, please!” vote. I, too would love to do my sterling shopping with you. I can’t think of anything else to add, it’s a pretty comprehensive list, but I can’t wait!

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    Demetra i says:

    it would be simply lovely to have access to any and all of the sterling silver products that you will choose to carry as your collective taste in beads is in a level unsurpassed by other bead companies. thank you for feeding my eyes and sense of creation.

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    Tamra B says:

    Silver leverbacks would be nice. They are all that I use. Silver beads and spacers would be nice, too. Tamra

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    S Darlaston says:

    Silver Wire: soft and half hard. Gauge 18 & 20. Plus any silver spacing beads

  47. Rena L
    Rena L says:

    I look forward to shopping for silver with Lima. I want the basics and some unique ear wire and clasp shapes.

  48. Dragons Chicky
    Dragons Chicky says:

    Yes, Yes Yes, all of the above. Love your beads and adding silver, especially wire, at a good price would be great. Copper and Vintaj wire would be nice also.

  49. Kerry P
    Kerry P says:

    Here’s what I buy in silver from other sites:

    Wire (22g & 24g round half-hard)
    headpins (24g, various lengths)
    crimp beads & covers
    earwire (including leverbacks)
    bead caps
    jump rings (including OVAL)
    split rings
    beading wire guardians/thimbles

    Selling all of the above in copper and brass (especially the wire) would be awesome, too.

    Now, if you just sold rosary parts (especially in copper), my life would be complete ;)

    (BTW, I think it’s awesome that you asked)

  50. Helen K
    Helen K says:

    Bali beads and spacers would be great. Would like to be able to purchase in smaller quantities, like 12 or 24.

    Would also love some silver or gold plated items of nice quality.

  51. Ilda M
    Ilda M says:

    Wonderful idea!! Don’t forget some nice beads and cones!

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    K Smith says:

    Ditto on what Leslie wrote! I am getting into the wire and some smooth silver beads would be awesome. Do it!

    Kim Smith

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    Karen C says:

    Yeah all of the above and even some silver pendants. Being able to shop all on one site would be great!

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    Denise M says:

    Heavy crimp tubes 2x2mm, crimp covers,open and closed jump rings, eye pins, head pins,ear wires.

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    MaryLynn B says:

    Even basics in silver would be helpful. I’d love to be able to buy half hard and dead soft wire in sizes 24g to 18 g. by the foot. I like Argentium. Assorted lengths and gauges of head pins and eye pins would be handy. Really nice silver beads and spacers and bead caps would be great. Earwires—I like good quality plain French wires and plain leverbacks. As far as sterling beads–I like the Hill Tribes beads a lot. I would want to be able to buy small quantities. I make mostly earrings, and if I have to buy a bag of 50 pieces of something I’ll usually pass. It would be great to be able to buy stones and silver from the same place. So please, go for it! Many times when I’ve placed an order with you I’ve wished you sold silver. Thanks.

  56. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    ok everyone, I have an update. We’ve been reviewing samples for a few weeks and I think we’re just about ready to get our initial line of sterling! It’ll take a while to get here as it is manufactured and shipped and then we will need to photograph it all, but I wanted you to know that the ball is rolling!

    Thanks again for your awesome feedback. It truly helped us with our decision making.

  57. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:


  58. CAS
    CAS says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you Kevin!

  59. beadaholchick
    beadaholchick says:

    Wow Lima beads-you hit a nerve w/ all of us out here!

  60. Fashion Chick aka SC
    Fashion Chick aka SC says:

    I’m so excited!!! Thank you Kevin for really being interested in your customers!

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    POF Chick Nina says:

    I agree with all the above posts! Can’t wait to see the selection you are going to be carrying. Thank you for adding this to your on line catalog.

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    I agree…sterling would be fantastic! And cones, chain, more clasps, crimps, & wire would be great!

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    And ear wires! :)

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    KWB DESIGNS says:

    I’m looking for eggs, so naturally, I’m seeing the entire website; I’ve stumbled across this thread, and decided to add my 2 cents: BRING ON THE STERLING!! Wire would be fantastic, as well as an item that is so very hard to find:
    size 15 Charlottes! I know it’s a long shot, but thought I’d try.
    ok. back to hunting!

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    A Bead Apart says:

    Yes, PLEASE bring on the sterling. Rounds, open and closed jump rings, Luv2beads’ suggestions(cones, chain, clasps, crimps & wire), and spacers and toggles.

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    trinkets says:

    I was looking for eggs too & have no idea how I got here , but sterling etc…Yes please:)

  67. Celticcrossing
    Celticcrossing says:

    I know this is late but I would love it if you carried sterling silver wire! I love wire wrapping and am always on the look out for great deals on wire.

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    Eric Keith says:

    I too missed this blog the first time around. But as I was
    looking for eggs I found this. I know the competitor they
    are speaking of as I too order from them but am disappointed at times with the order. I would definitely
    order from you as I love your website and would love to do
    one stop shopping.
    Pretty much ditto what everyone else has said, but would add that my favorite sterling silver wire is the
    argentium silver. It works so well, and if virtually tarnish free. LOVE IT!!!! Also any findings in argentium silver would be great. Also some Bali silver.

    Any update on when it’s coming? I’m ready to order!!!!

  69. kes designs
    kes designs says:

    How about some Hill Tribe Silver??

  70. Angel Chick
    Angel Chick says:

    I too missed the original blog… but I’ve been reading what everyone else and I have to agree… Sterling and 14k gold filled. Wow!! I can hardly wait. If it’s of the same quality as all your beads, I won’t ever have to shop anywhere else! WTG Lima Beads!!

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    KarenDe-Challenge Chick says:

    Wide awake and hunting eggs, what do my wondering eyes now see? ONLY my best dream come true – silver from you!!! When? When? When?

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Bleary-eyed STILL hunting eggs! Dreaming about the last 4, don’t know if I have the stamina…
    Second the request for Argentium silver!!! In square for wire wrapped cabs if possible!

  73. Cthings
    Cthings says:

    Yes, carry all of the sterling you just mentioned!! That would be awesome!

  74. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    I love to use sterling in almost all my peices especially if i have high quaility stones like these at LB….It would be nice to get everthing needed at one stop!

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Wow I just skimmed through this I guess you are thinking again of maybe carrying solid silver findings, wires, etc. I would like to ad my $0.02 worth. There is an item that allows a pendant to be removed and placed, and the pendant is now called an inhancer instead. Then I agree with everyone else go for it. Please and Thank You Very Much

  76. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Hey all sorry for the late response, you know I would be thrilled to see sterling wire here, also other kinds… I have to order from so many different places to meet my needs, so if you had wire that would really help..Just ask me what kinda of wire.. I will tell you!!!!! Thank You Lynn

    KPJEWELS says:

    Sorry about the late response but I buy jumprings, etc. in bulk and would love to be able to do the same here. STERLING it is.

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