Who We Are
The Bead Chest works with developing communities throughout Africa to bring you some of the most beautiful, handmade beading treasures in the world. All items that we source direct are fair trade. Our unique business model enables us to support creative jewelry designers with quality beading supplies, while supporting developing communities at the same time.Browse Catalog
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Welcome to The Bead Chest: African Beads, Glass & Wholesale Beads
If you are a designer or hobbyist who likes to create beautiful jewelry and accessories, we are your source for some of the finest handmade African beads, glass beads, and wholesale beading supplies. We are proud to offer an incredible selection of top quality, hand-picked beads that are imported directly from Africa. Finding beads that live up to your expected level of quality can be challenging, but we make it easy with our vast selection.
Beautiful African Beads
All of our beads are handcrafted and imported directly from Africa. African beads have a long and illustrious history for their beauty and quality. African beads and antique beads are used by many artists today to create unique designs that help their work stand out. We offer a wide variety of beads to complement any project, as well as wholesale beads for large quantity orders.
Beading Supplies & Glass Beads Wholesale
In order to create beautiful works of art, you need the finest quality materials. At The Bead Chest, our incredible selection of African beads and beading supplies are unique and beautiful - some of the best beads you'll find. Our vast selection of wholesale beads include bone beads, stone beads, and wooden beads that are hand selected to ensure quality.
We also offer an amazing selection of recycled glass beads and antique beads to choose from. Take some time to browse our site and see for yourself. If you're creative at heart and are looking for something to inspire your creativity – we're certain we will have something in stock for you.
Create Incredible Works of Art
At The Bead Chest, our inventory of beautiful wooden beads and glass beads is constantly changing. We are always acquiring new inventory that is sure to impress and delight any artisan. Because we offer wholesale african beads doesn't mean they're of an inferior quality. We take our time to hand pick every bead we have in stock to ensure quality and guarantee your satisfaction.
Because our incredible inventory is always changing, we invite you to join our mailing list – so you see every new item we offer and are among the first to take advantage of our specials and sales. If you have any questions please give us a call at 1-877-655-2323.
Love them. Great as a filler.
Only ordered a couple of strands but impressed with quality and authenticity of my purchase
Couldn’t be happier with the beads. Shipped faster than advertised.
The beads were even more beautiful in person.
Sunrise Vinyl Phono Record Beads (4mm)
I have been very pleased with all my orders from Bead Chest.
Good quality beads, fast shipping
Such a pleasure to browse. Got exactly what I ordered, fast! And you cannot best the price or quality!
Unfinished Natural Wood Beads (20mm, Set of 30)
The pharaonic pottery beads are absolutely beautiful!
I really enjoyed working with them. They are sold!!
These beads are a great addition to organic designs!
Great quality and a fun look! Plus I love how these beads are made!
So many things I keep thinking of it’s hard to settle on what to do with it
Jerusalem Ethiopian Brass Cross Pendant (70x50mm)
I love these beads and use them frequently in jewelry projects.
Love the beads and the color. My problem is I never realize the sizes when ordering so bigger than expected but still love them. Awesome for summer jewelry!
love the color
I haven’t used them yet, but they are pretty stones and seem to be of good quality
Just love them the color the feel great!!
Elasticity 0.8mm Clear Elastic Cord (5 meters)
Hosseini Turquoise Cylinder Beads (2x4mm)
As described, I think was slow shipping, but when I opened the package I forgot everything!! beads are beautiful
Really like the glass beads, colors just as pictured on website & packaged well!
Incredible beads !!! I want more!!!!
I love these and am so happy with my purchase that I will definitely be buying more in different colors.
I love all of the glass beads from The Bead Chest. This color is as gorgeous as the others. The beads look beautiful with my stones.
I like the color, not brassy.
The size, color, and texture are exactly what I hoped for!
These little beads are perfect on their own as a single necklace/bracelet, layer, or for adding some interest as a spacer between larger beads in my creations. I just love them!
So happy! Exactly what I wanted and look fabulous as one of the layers in my necklace!
The color of these beads is so gorgeous and I feel like the matte texture adds interest. I hope they get more, because I want to order more!
I have to say that I was a bit hesitant when I bought this. Metals can be tricky to purchase online, and this was so inexpensive that I wasn't sure what to expect. But it is just fabulous! I love it! It is the perfect size, doesn't look cheap at all, and is going to look just perfect on my necklace. I'm so happy!
African turquoise is one of my favorite stones to work with. I love that you can often mix it with blues or greens, creating two very different pieces with the same stone! But, as many of you know, there are a lot of poor quality beads out there, but not here! I was so happy when I found The Bead Chest! These stones are just gorgeous! I couldn't be happier. I am a repeat customer for sure!
The color of these is so BEAUTIFUL! These are some of the most gorgeous jade beads I've ever bought. So happy with my purchase!
I like that these are small because a lot of my creations use smaller beads. Also, the color of these looks great with so many different types of metals and gemstone beads. I'm so happy I purchased these and will definitely purchase more in the future!
I love everything about these glass beads: the unique, hand crafted beauty, the color, the delicateness, and the fact that it creates jobs for a community of people. The color is so gorgeous, the beads look beautiful on their own or combined with other beads. I'll definitely purchase again in the future!