I'm Beatrice. My father Ray was born in 1919. He was an avid rockhound and an expert lapidary artist. Ray was 60 by the time I was born in Bend Oregon in 1980. He already had a treasure trove of rare lapidary finds. My father was absolutely rad. He took me rock-hounding and Indian artifact hunting many times. He taught me how to use power tools, you know, little girl stuff. He was also uniquely stylish. I remember his cool combo of a snap up plaid shirt, a bolo tie, stetson hat and some Aasic or Adidas shoes with tall baseball socks and shorts. It sounds crazy, but he rocked it… He taught me to be kind. To LAUGH A LOT.. To smile.. He taught me to work hard and to not be afraid of trying new things.
Unfortunately, my father developed diabetes and started having strokes when I was 8 years old. He passed at the age of 72 when I was 12. He left me his entire life's collection of rare and beautiful rocks. I also kept many of his vintage and antique bolo.
I treat cancer patients with radiation as my main career. I've seen many types of cancer soar upwards in survival rates from research, funding and public attention. The tiny bea wishes to aim her light at multiple myeloma and finding a cure. I'm setting a fundraising goal of at least $10,000.
Had I known years ago that one of the most radiant humans I'd ever met would develop multiple myeloma, I would have re-evaluated my career choice and taken a more scientific research route. But for now, doing something is better than nothing. Please help in any way you can. Hold onto LOVE. Be the light when it's dark.
The tiny bea began in Seattle in 2012 when I decided it was time to share some of my father's legacy with the world. I started with bolo ties and expanded from there. Many of the agates, jaspers and opals are collector's specimens, so some pieces are priced to reflect that. I am always happy to do custom orders and have many more loose stones available if you don't see exactly what you need here. I work with a few different silversmiths depending on the look I’m going for in each piece. I hope you enjoy the beauty of nature as much as I do. Visit my Esty shop by clicking HERE.
The tiny bea is donating a percentage of sales to the International Myeloma Foundation. Please visit my web site and know that in addition to purchasing a beautiful jewelry piece, you are helping my cause a cure for multiple myeloma!
If you don’t wish to purchase jewelry but would like to show your support, please consider making an online donation by clicking the blue DONATE button above.
To donate by check, please make check out to International Myeloma Foundation. Please note in the Memo/For Line: Tiny Bea Mail to: International Myeloma Foundation Attn: Suzanne Battaglia 12650 Riverside Drive Suite 206 North Hollywood, CA 91607
Proceeds to benefit the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF)