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.
Fantastic quality! I love The Bead Chest and their shipping speed can’t be beat!!
Love these - like the different shape
I am a repeat buyer! I am never disappointed in my purchases-
My jewelry gets raves on the materials I order from Bead Chest!
Copper Saucer Beads (5mm)
Love your your beads, quick delivery!
These are beautiful, heavy beads. I love them. Thank you!
Exactly what I was looking for!
These are the perfect color for my blessing beads! Fast delivery too!
Very fast shipping and easy to order from. Good quality beads, I would buy from them again.
Love using these. I’m going through them way too quickly! They go with every design.
Jumbo Baby Blue Recycled Glass Beads (23mm)
Groundhog Grey Recycled Glass Beads (7mm)
Love love love the selection
I think this was a good deal for 2 strands of these pretty beads. Very fast delivery by Fed-Ex, too, thanks.
Thank you for another perfect order.
Love the size and quality of these beads! I think they are even nicer than the ones out there for significantly more money. Very cool vibe to them and so versatile!
Natural Sandalwood Mala Beads (6mm)
Just as expected I love just not sure what I want to create with them
fast , easy and what I wanted , THANK YOU !!
Love these!! I group them and use them as spacers! Super cute!!
Beautiful and colorful! I purchased some for our Granddaughter too and will purchase different colors also!
Love the scale and quality of the painted wood beads, soft and great look!!
I love these beautiful glass beads. Can’t wait to incorporate them in a couple of my pieces. Very happy with the quality!
I loved the beads. They are great
Great product and amazing service!
Website was easy to navigate. Service was fast. Product was everything as described and of good quality. All around great experience!
These are beautiful beads. Shipping was fast.
They are the perfect size and color
Great product fast shipping I would buy from them again.
They feel nice to the touch. The soft colors are lovely. I am very happy I bought these.
Beads were perfect for the project I was doing.
Awesome products. Awesome price. Awesome customer service! They made an order arrive on time that was ordered last minute! Can’t wait to purchase from here again!
Fabulous beads at a great price!
The beads I ordered are fine quality, great colors and perfect for my projects! Great service too!!!
I am looking forward to using beads!
These are much prettier in person than in their photo on the web site. I’m very excited to be working on a design to feature their uniqueness.