African Beads, Trade Beads, and Antique Beads

African beads, trade beads, and antique beads are collected, worn, and used by many today to create necklaces, earrings, and other pieces of jewelry. Trade beads are handmade beads typically made between the 15th and 20th century. These African beads were originally used as a currency for goods and services. Although our selection of African trade beads and antique beads are almost always imported directly from Africa, a bulk of these beads were made throughout Europe, and used for trade in Africa, hence the term "African trade beads."

Enjoy our selection of trade beads, antique beads, and African glass beads! We are pleased to offer you our wide selection of African beads, trade beads, recycled glass beads, as well as antique beads and tribal beads. All beads on this website are hand selected and imported. Take a look around the site and find something you like...there's something for everyone! We're adding new African beads and antique beads daily so don't forget to check back, or simply join our mailing list to be notified about new products and great deals.

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Bead Green! Eco-Friendly Recycled Glass Beads
Learn about how to bead in an environmentally-friendly way by using our eco-friendly African recycled glass beads in your next project.

VIDEO: Recycled glass and Krobo beads on CNN Inside Africa
Watch this wonderful video report on African beads from Ghana produced by CNN's Inside Africa. The video shows how recycled glass beads and krobo beads are back in fashion among Ghanian youth.

Zula Trade Beads worn by Rihanna Sold by TheBeadChest
Buy African beads like those worn by Rihanna in the August 2010 issue of Seventeen Magazine for 90% of the price at The Bead Chest. Get yours now before we're sold out!