Ruby Bell Sherpa began selling beads in Mendocino in 1984. Since then, the Rubaiyat has been the place to discover beads, findings, tribal jewelry, ethnic textiles, incense and sacred treasures from around the world.
Ruby and Dawa Sherpa met in Bodhanath, Kathmandu, Nepal, in the mid-1990s and began importing Tibetan rugs, Pashmina (Cashmere) shawls and scarves, sterling silver and gem-stone jewelry, tribal beads, statues, paintings, singing bowls, and other treasures and curiosities.
We also carry aromatheraphy oils and burners, scented candles, metaphysical books, crystals and crystal balls, cards, CDs, incense, tarot decks, locally-made glass beads, and stained glass art.
Visit our shop in the village of Mendocino, on the Northern Coast of California, or call us — we ship.
P.S. When in Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal — eat at the Sherpa Family's restaurant: "Three Daughters" located inside the "stupa" (Buddhist shrine area) for great, fresh food — where the locals eat — "Cheapest and Best!"
Acknowledgement: I would like to express gratitude to my parents, Helen and Daniel Banes, whose love, generosity, and support of bead and textile collecting made all things possible... and to Betty Lette and Barbara Bird, of the Cobweb, a delightful yarn shop in Mendocino, where I first sold beads — mentors, knitters extraordinaire, bead lovers, and dear souls — thank you.