High Tide Beads

Welcome to High Tide Beads, Bluffton's only full service and locally owned bead store!


We are proud to offer you a fine selection of beads and semi-precious gemstones from around the world. You'll find treasures ranging from American turquoise to Ethiopian brass; Australian opal to Lithuanian amber. We carry sparkling gemstones from India, and lustrous freshwater pearls from China.

For the more organic type, porcelain, wood and shell beads, intricately carved bone pendants and brass and copper chains and findings are in store. African and Tibetan beads make great focals.

We feature a collection of American artists' glass beads when one needs a fine focal bead. Leah Fairbanks and Bruce St. John Maher are two of our well-known lampwork glass artists. Our owner, Steve Mardell, also a lampwork artist, creates one of a kind glass beads in his studio right here in our store!

We carry Czech glass seed beads and Delicas for bead weavers, as well as Fireline, Nymo, Soft Flex and more.

Whether you're a novice, advanced bead weaver, or designer with wholesale credentials, come in and design with us! We will work with you and help you find everything you need.


Young Designers (aka Kids!)

We have lots of fun and funky beads to suit the younger designers as well! There are shark's teeth and pirates, butterflies and fairies that are easy to string onto leather, cotton or hemp.*


Beading and Jewelry Design Classes

High Tide Beads offers beading and jewelry making classes regularly. Classes range from Basic Beading and Earrings to wire-working and seed beading techniques. We offer Torch Day, a beginners' lampworking workshop with Steve Mardell, for those who have always wanted to try making glass beads! Please see classes page for more information. 


Design Services

We can transform any of our beautiful pearls and gems into custom designed jewelry just for you. We will help you choose colors and forms to suit your occasion. Steve Mardell will create your piece, whether it be earrings, necklaces, pendants, knotted pearls or any design we dream up!


Jewelry Repair

High Tide Beads has a reputation for quality jewelry repair, traditional pearl knotting and restringing. Ask for Steve Mardell if you have a specialty repair; he has worked on many vintage, antique and modern repair projects.



*Most beads are intended for children 12 and older.


High Tide Beads 843-757-4367  

Hours during covid 19 pandemic
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10-5
Wednesday: 10-5
Thursday: 10-5
Friday: 10-5
Saturday: 10-5
Sunday 10-5