Beverly is a youngish company, started in 1977. For some more details, see the manufacturers page.
Note that Beverly puzzles are very slightly smaller than those from most other manufacturers: 72 x 49 cm as opposed to 75 x 50 cm.
- Missing a piece from a Beverly puzzle? Help here
In days gone by you opened a jigsaw puzzle box, and inside were just the pieces! But Japanese puzzles come with various extra bits and pieces. The assumption is that you will only do the puzzle once, then glue it together for wall mounting, to impress your friends.
1 Most important - the pieces
2 Postcard: instructions, and how to get a replacement for a missing piece.*
3 "Fan service" coupon: collect enough of them, and you get a free puzzle.*
* Both of these items are marked "This card is of NO USE outside Japan." But if you are missing a piece, ask, and I will see if I can get a replacement for you.
4 Bag containing sachet of puzzle glue and sponge
Doing the puzzle
Ignore the strict instructions to do the edge pieces first: put the bits together in any order you like. If you want to display the puzzle, you can use the glue to stick it together. Spread a sheet of clean but unwanted paper under the completed puzzle, with the puzzle the right way up. Then pour the glue over the front of the puzzle: spread it out with the sponge, so all the joints get neatly filled with glue. It should dry with a nice glossy finish. It is a good idea to practice on a small puzzle before you try this on a really large one.
Disclaimer: I have very limited experience of gluing puzzles - I usually break them up to do again some day. But I have had some success with trompe l'oeil murals!
Please note: Actual box contents may vary slightly - if you find any major discrepancies, please let us know.
The following links go directly to the puzzles for each topic or artist; these are mostly rather broad categories, and there may be many pages in the category. You can use the piece-count buttons at the top ("108 300 500 1000" etc.) to narrow down to the size you are interested in. There are 30 puzzles per display page, and the page navigation (at the bottom) allows you to move through the pages. (You can only move two pages at a time, so to get to page 7 of 7, the quickest way is via pages 3 and 5. The "Next" button (次へ) moves up one page, and the "Previous" button (前へ) moves back one page.
Main puzzle menu
Tiny pieces (104) - Art fantasy (72) (Artists Kazuha Fukami, Takaki) - Crystal puzzles (40) (Flat translucent puzzles with integral frame, stand included) - Mosaic art (13) - Youseki (41) (Jizo and others) - Torture puzzles (14) (Absolutely no picture: every piece the same colour!) - Jigsaw miniature rock-gardens (1) - Colouring puzzles (4) - Puzzles with mirror inserts (6) - Educational puzzles (21) (Large piece puzzles for smaller children) - Educational toy puzzle sets (3) - Soft puzzles (11) (Foam puzzles for children) - Soft foam tangrams - Art collection (59) - Thomas Kinkade (23) - Sanrio characters (117) (Hello Kitty and more) - Anime and characters (9) (Chibi Gallery, Gundam, Harry Potter, and more) - Something different! (12) (Random items from optician's charts to the fish kanji) - Window on the world (4) - Illusion puzzles (4) - Message puzzles (3) - Shinkansen (7) (The "Bullet" train) - Tiny pieces with magnifying glass! (1) - Scenic puzzles (169) - Japanese art (15) (Auspicious themes) - Maps (14) - Flowers and gardens (24) - Pets (39) - Art classics (34) - Spherical puzzles (4) - Miscellaneous (54)
(The small numbers in parenthesis show the approximate number of puzzles in each category.)
Icons used on the Beverly site for puzzle features
|Glow-in-the-dark||Platinum metallic paper|
|Vivid six||Printed on natural cork|
|Vivid printing||With accompanying magnifying glass|
|Paper hologram||Tiny pieces|
|Transparent holographic film surface||Small pieces|
|Art canvas effect||Large pieces|
|Gold metallic film surface||Educational puzzles|
|Silver metallic film surface||Bargain|
|Metallic paper||World heritage site|
(Updated December 2016)
The Beverly product codes are of two types:
- 61-258, 31-331, 73-153, 45-298, etc: the second digit shows the number of pieces (1=1000, 3=300, 5=500), and the first digit is a price code; so any puzzles starting with the same two digits should be the same price.
- 030-112, 050-119, 100-134, etc: these are the budget-priced "Heartful" series, 300, 500, and 1000 pieces respectively.
Imaginatorium Shop item codes for Beverly all begin with 'B' followed by the code omitting the hyphen.
Note: I cannot guarantee the above information about prices, which is simply deduced from the Beverly catalog.