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
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.
I love, love, LOVE these Carved Eye Barrel beads! They are as pictured and look even better in person which was a pleasant surprise! I purchased the light brown color and am now curious about the dark brown because the light ones look so good. These are quality beads and are a nice weight.
These beads are perfect for my project and are just as they are pictured! The Bead Chest is my go to source for beads.
I have only used two of these beads so far on my current sunchime project, but wow.. when I held them in my hand and really looked into them thoroughly they hold such cool memory. Ancient feeling as of you can put yourself into history when they were there. The two I have used so far really enhanced the frequency of the current project and I just love that they’re recycled and in harmony with the full circle of Mother Earth! Beautiful texture and feel from just purely a physical standpoint.
Jen and team provided me with excellent service to match my beautiful bead selection. Great and highly recommended
I actually ordered lt. Pink, turquoise, hot pink, and purple!! Love all of them!
Beads are just perfect and arrived quickly.
I love everything I have ever purchased from you. Shipping is fast as well.
The the chunky simplicity of this bead.
I love everything! It easy and fast!
Green White Heart Beads (8mm)
Lovely, will continue to purchase these beads.
Loved these, quality and design was better than expected.
Loved my lava beads so beautiful and well made!!
Love, love, love these heishi beads and The Bead Chest staff are so helpful!
These beads are beautiful