Cynthia Kimura

Cynthia Kimura is Chief Jewelry Designer at Artbeads

Cynthia is the Chief Creativity Officer and co-owner of, as well as the host of the video series, Artbeads Cafe. She and her husband, Devin, founded Artbeads 20 years ago and they have been busy with beads ever since. Cynthia’s mission is to inspire beaders and jewelry designers by offering easy-to-follow instructional materials and unique, high-quality beads and supplies. Cynthia has appeared on the Artbeads Cafe weekly video series since the very first episode years ago. She now hosts the show and has enjoyed visits from guests such as Katie Hacker, Candie Cooper, Nichole Starman, and Becky Nunn. She also has appeared on the PBS series, Beads Baubles and Jewels. Her patterns have been published in numerous magazines and she loves to try new and on-trend techniques and products to help customers expand their repertoire.

Cynthia is from the small country of New CaledoniaCynthia is from New Caledonia, a small French island off the coast of Australia. How does a person from a sunny tropical island end up living in gray and wet Washington state? By going to Japan of course! Cynthia met Devin while she was teaching in Japan and he happened to be working overseas in Japan as well. They married and moved to Washington, starting Artbeads soon after. Cynthia enjoys long visits home to the sunshine, but also loves the beautiful woods of western Washington (as long as there’s a warm fireplace or blanket nearby).

Here are a few of my favorite pieces

Helen of Troy - Silver, Gray, and Antique Bronze Multi-Strand Bracelet
Filigree Flight - Patina Wings and Brass Filigree Layered Pendant Necklace
Kestrel's Nest - Swarovski Crystal Iridescent Red Pearl Bracelet
Midnight Garden - Dance Black and Silver Embroidered Medallion on Silk Ribbon
Flowers of the Sea - Czech Glass Flowers and Druzies Necklace