San Gabriel Bead Company is a full-service retail bead store, carrying a wide selection of beads. Many are from Asia and Europe including Japan's seed beads and the Czech fire-polish glass beads. It also has Swarovski crystals, semi-precious gemstones, natural beads and freshwater pearls, shell, bone and horn beads. Many of these are handmade beads by local artisans. It also carries supplies for making jewelry and how-to books, plus the staff is available to talk with beginners as well as advanced beaders. Classes are also available.