Navy Mom Turns Beads Into Business

The Times West Virginian:

Tammy Nathan took up jewelry making as a hobby and now has her own business, Belle A’Mour Bead Designs.

Nathan, originally from Philippi, has been in the Navy for 19 years. She’s a health care administrator and does a lot of work with medical education and training. She graduated from Fairmont State College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and in 1988 earned her master’s in public administration from West Virginia University.

Nathan has lived and traveled all over the world and currently resides in Norfolk, Va., where she is stationed. Her husband Matt is also on active duty, and they have a 10-year-old daughter named Bobbie.

During her travels to various countries, Nathan saw how different cultures took semi-precious stones and turned them into jewelry or art. She began to research these stones and buy from different stores.

“You can see why I’m fascinated,” she said. “It’s pretty fascinating that the earth can do this.”

She has been making homemade jewelry for about five years. Initially, she gave her items away as gifts and only sold to family and friends. A year ago, Nathan got a West Virginia business license for Belle A’Mour Bead Designs.

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