Sulamith Kilian-Carter


For Your Beads Only evolved from a life long passion for working originally with fabric, studying cultural artefacts and finally discovering the fascination of beads. Each piece of beaded jewellery and every gift item is handcrafted individually and with much thought and care so that you can be sure to find something that is unique and can be treasured.










My love for handcrafting was passed down the generations, from my grandmother and my mother, whose stash of fabrics and haberdashery provided endless hours of entertainment, especially the beads & button box. I soon started to experiment myself and as a result gained a degree as a costume maker in Germany. Wanting to broaden my horizon, I travelled extensively in Latin America before going on to study Cultural Anthropology at the University of Bonn in Germany. Especially fascinated by the rich tapestry of craft traditions around the world, I continued to pursue my special interest in costumes and jewellery; the existence and use of beads can now be traced as far back as humankind itself.

I continuously draw inspiration for my work from different traditions and cultures around the world, expressed in my own designs of bold and beautiful jewellery and decorative gift items made in my studio in Stroud, where I have come to settle down with my partner and two young children.

Each piece is carefully handcrafted by myself and variations in beads and colours ensure a unique look and finish to each individual piece. I use a wide range of materials to create my jewellery, from handmade lamp work glass beads, semi-precious gemstones, natural shell and wooden beads to vintage and recycled beads and fabric to ensure a unique look and finish. For sourcing material I use an equally eclectic approach, some of the hand blown glass beads I source directly from the makers in India, whilst the gemstones come from UK suppliers and some of my real treasures have been collected over many years from travels and finds at local antique fairs and other second hand sources. Some have even been handed down from older generations as word spread that these treasures will find a new purpose within my work.