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925 East Front Street  Traverse City, MI


 Jewelry, Artifacts, Decor, Fossils & Curiosities of all kinds 

red amber buhda  Amber vase & Ethnic items

     just east of downtown        we make it worth the stop     come in check us out     

is One of the Oldest - Most Loved - Bead Shops in Michigan.

"each" staff member has at least 18yrs of bead jewelry making knowledge

In beads we Carry Swarovski crystal beads, Bali Silver Beads,

 Vermeil, Czech Glass Beads, Bone Beads, Vintage Beads,

Semi-Precious Stone Beads, & all of the clasps one could want. 

At some of the best prices 

"people travel hundreds of miles to drool and fall in love with all we have"

"artists plus designers shop with us for fun, profit, great selection, & our expert staff"


"we have one of the greatest collections of stone beads & pendants "

For something Local try the 


We have in the shop

 Many Types of Beads 

 Silver Pendants plus jewelry

Polished samples & Polishing kits


One Petoskey stone (silver pendant) free shipping BEWARE OF THE FAKE PETOSKEY

as of June. 2013 more sterling pendants  (these four are sold, but more are in) 

(Professor Nawbin's kit is made for the folks who want to polish their own Petoskey Treasures) 

leland blue bluestone

Leland Blue (Bluestone)


a Local Beach Stone and Recycled Art all in one

( a stone that is found around Lealnd, Mi on the beaches that is not a stone but a glass by-product of an Iron Factory

over 100 years ago that was cast off into Lake Michigan)

-Sterling silver Bluestone Pendants (slides) new Items June. 2013 -


--------new beads as of late June 2013--------


an up-cycled piece of historical waste

over sprayed paint scraped of walls and racks from the 1950's to 70's golden age of car paint booth spray - cars are no longer pained in this way

once destin for a landfill this was saved by a worker a Ford auto plant over 30 years ago keep in a box & recycled by our artists at Nawbin into wearable art

(these three are sold, but more are in stock, at least 30 to choose from) 

antique trade beads

Our Ancient and AntiqueTrade Beads from the far reaches of the globe Africa, Asia & the South Pacific

Ethnic Antiques showcases are filled with Antiques & Oddities from the four corners of the Earth 

 We Also Have

Bead Jewelry Classes, 

Bead Art Supplies,

Sterling wire 10ga thru 28ga,

 Jewelry-Beading Tools

& all manner of other tools.

tools for the professional or beginner in all kinds of Arts: Jewelery, Metalwork & Lapidary

what our Visitors say

"Great selection of beads and many other rarities. One trip to Nawbin is never the same as the last - the inventory is always changing - and some pieces are museum-worthy. Also, the owners are very nice, helpful and knowledgeable. I always stop in when I'm in Northern MI."

Catherine - Chicago,IL (posted online)

"They have such a great selection of bead here! They were around long before the bead craze started a few years back and I'm sure they will stay long after. I love that they have such diversity of beads. I adore the Native American ones the best. They also have great prices."

Grace W.‎ - (Posted online)

"Creative crafters beware, Nawbin's just might be the place for you! There's a nice and wide selection of buttons, beads, stones, clasps, and other crafty goodness."

Sara Lynn P.- Toronto, ON Canada (posted online)

I was on a trek for beads this memorial Weekend and my trip took me to Traverse City, not only were there great sights along the way, this wonderful bead shop had tons to choose from. I wasn't looking for anything particular but found lots of great items at reasonable prices. Although they didn't have an item on display, they did have it behind the counter, just ask! They also had the Michigan Native Petosky Stones. Great place and I will definitly will be back!!

Sarah - Taylor, MI


As of May 2010 we here at Nawbin got the full stock  of a bead shop that was open from 1969 until1979, then stored in a basement for over 30 years.

Well over two tons of beads

2000 pounds of vintage seed beads

size 2° to 22° (in limited Colors)

10s of thousands of wood beads all kinds 

(yes, even 1970's Macramé)

and over 1600 strands of 100 to 300 year old trade beads -  this is a once in lifetime event



925 east Front st

Traverse City, MI 49686


GPS Coordinates     44° 45' 50.98" N 85° 35' 59.78" W         


Nawbin Beads & Curiosities of Traverse City, Mi

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Nawbin's  owners are Tom, Julie, Karl, & Ainsley Bielman and the head of staff is Katthryn Caughell


Open Monday-Saturday 10am - 6pm 

Sundays - are by chance please call ahead


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