Jewelry makers from around the world gather in Milwaukee

CREATED May 28, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - The Bead and Button show gets underway in downtown Milwaukee Wednesday. 

"It's the largest consumer bead show in the world," said show manager Marlene Vail.

Jewelry makers from every state in the nation and more than 40 other countries will attend the show, which is being held at the Wisconsin Center through June 9th. 

"We see people coming from India, from Africa, from France, Italy, Scandinavia, all over the world, who want to come here," Vail said.

There are more than 900 classes available for jewelry makers. And the scope of the art goes well beyond just beads and buttons. Some of the hottest trends right now are metal work and wire work.

"You're seeing a lot of copper and bronze come into the metal works as people look to more vintage and ethnic looks," Vail said.

There's also a marketplace that is open to the public, where shoppers will find jewelry at just about any price point.

"So you can find a necklace for three dollars or three thousand dollars," Vail said.

The marketplace is open June 6-8.