I am going to share a bead source.
I buy beads from this company, not because they are the best beads in the business (msbelle, you will find nothing you need here), or the best prices (though, often I can find an excellent bargain), but because the catalogue never fails to make me giggle.
Willis (self-proclaimed "Beadmeister, Planet Earth") is the man behind South Pacific Wholesale (in Vermont) and has been selling beads since 1974. And when his product newsletters come, I read them from cover to cover, because I must not miss any of the wit and humor. Go ahead, laugh at me and my nerdiness, but please, admire my honesty.
Under a listing for African Turquoise: "You know this isn't turquoise, right?"
Under a listing for Cherry Quartz: "Quartz? Yes, if sand is quartz, and glass is sand..."
Discussing his upcoming bead shows: "There will be a line - please be patient or act like you are."
He is very knowledgable about stones and very honest about his products: "I am not pushing my fluorite with pride."
So if you are as much of a bead nerd as me, go check him out and have a little laugh, and maybe pick up a strand of african turquoise for me.