Who doesn’t like to show their school pride?  It’s even better if you can do it with style.  Take a look at this great line of sterling silver beads that are made in Michigan.  The Collegiate Bead Company offers beads with the licensed logos of nearly 150U.S. universities, colleges and sororities, including just about everyMichiganUniversity.  Collegiate Bead Company, based inRoyal Oak, makes hand finished sterling silver School Beads that fit Pandora, Chamilia and other popular charm bracelet styles.

 

This product makes people say “why didn’t I think of that?”  It’s a great idea – a modern way to show your school spirit.  The beads are high-quality hand finished and would make an excellent gift.

 

Not only is it a great product, but there is also an interesting story behind the company.  The owner, Dave Showalter, discovered the market niche while recovering from brain surgery.  An e-mail from a customer of his family owned jewelry store that wished him well also inquired about sorority beads fitting Pandora or Chamilia charm bracelets. He scoured the Internet and found no such product. From there, Collegiate Bead Co. was born.

The Collegiate Bead Co. has partnered with anotherMichiganbased company, Terryberry out ofGrand Rapidsto keep the manufacturing of these beads entirely in theU.S.Today, Collegiate Bead Co. sells more than 100,000 college beads, sorority bracelets, charms and other college jewelry annually through various outlets. The high quality, hand-finished beads are made in theUnited States.
You can view the entire line at www.schoolbeads.com. The company is on Facebook at https://on.fb.me/SchoolBeads and on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/SchoolBeads.

 

Win It!

A School Bead of your choice valued at $49-$59

Entry Requirements

Go to the School Bead Facebook page and post a comment on their wall stating which bead you would like to own.  Then come back here and leave a comment below that you completed the task.

The Fine Print

No purchase necessary to enter.  Open to legal residents of USA, must be least 18 years of age to enter. Winner will be selected randomly through https://random.org. Detroit Mommies writers and contributors are ineligible to participate. Entries that do not follow all of the entry requirements will not be considered. Detroit Mommies is not responsible products shipped from outside vendors or sponsors.  The contest will close on Thursday, December 15, 2011 @ 11:59:59 p.m. EST and winners selected on Friday, December 16, 2011. Winners must respond to Detroit Mommies within 24 hours or an alternate winner will be selected.

Disclosure:  I was given a school bead to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own and honest.

 

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Courtney is the traveling mom! She has 3 girls and is the founder of Detroit Mommies and currently lives in Florida. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyRVL.
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Jill KATHAN
Jill KATHAN
8 years ago

Completed the task!!!! I love the MSU beads!!!! Would love to win!!!

Amy Couchie
Amy Couchie
8 years ago

I liked school beads on facebook. These are great gift ideas. An Michigan State bead would be nice.

Barb
8 years ago

I heard about this website from my daughter-in-law. What a great idea! I have a granddaughter in her first year of college. A college bead would be a perfect gift for her February birthday. I plan to keep this website in my list of favorites and pass it along to friends.

Connie
Connie
8 years ago

I hit the link and went to facebook and clicked “like” and left a comment. I do plan on shopping with their website for future gift giving. I would love to win a bead..I’d have to decide on which school since I have a few friends with kids almost graduating! So many to choose! Probably Western University Bead..!!
Thanks…wish me luck :o)

Carol
Carol
8 years ago

I went on facebook and “liked” school beads and left a comment. I would love to win either a Michigan State or Michigan bead. I think these make perfect gifts any time of the year! thanks :o)

Dawn
Dawn
8 years ago

I think these beads are beautiful! What a great way to show school pride. Adding it to a bracelet that is filled with meaningful beads is perfect. I would love to have the Michigan bead…I know a young lady in High School that has high hopes of attending Michigan!! Thank you!!