the People

Our Story

Armed with a business and behavioral management degree, Diana Thatcher – Splendor's founder and owner – enjoyed many successful years in commercial real estate. Reaching the age of 40, she felt drawn to nurture her inner artist and began researching alternative business ventures.

Gardening as a therapeutic outlet naturally led her to love garden art and ornamentation. In 1995, after 18 months of research, she capitalized on the lack of such garden art in the Dallas area and opened her first retail shop, Splendor In The Grass. Located across from the Dallas Arboretum’s Public Gardens, for nine years, Splendor offered garden art, stained glass art, fountains, wind ornaments and statuary to the metroplex area.

Following an inner yearning for change, Diana relocated Splendor to the Lakewood Shopping Center, re-conceptualized as a gift gallery. She offered garden art with a newly added focus on finished jewelry, inspirational items, hanging art glass, fragrance, gifts + cards.

Within a couple of years, the jewelry business had grown substantially and Diana begun buying strands of semi-precious beads to make into custom necklaces, bracelets, + earrings for her customers. She was hooked. "…what fun it is to touch and feel all those wonderful stones – wish I could sell beads…” she mentioned to her brother one day. His reply: “Why don’t you buy some strands, hang them up, and see if they sell?"

That was several years ago, and Diana has bought and sold more strands than she ever imagined. In the summer of 2006, the store was once again remodeled and re-conceptualized, adding classes, + focusing on its growing bead boutique aspect The store name was officially changed to reflect the new direction. Beads of Splendor had arrived!

At Beads of Splendor, we specialize in bringing you the most unusual + beautiful beads + findings available. You will find fresh water + Tahitian pearls, precious + semi-precious gemstone, wood, glass + crystal beads alike arranged to inspire your inner designer.  Our store is commonly spoken of as "The most beautiful bead store I have ever seen" – a reflection of the combined talents + efforts of Diana + her staff. 

Come + experience Splendor in our new Dallas location:

9047 Garland Rd., Dallas, TX 75218

(bewteen the Dallas Arboretum + Casa Linda Shopping Center)