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The Bead Chest™ products were featured on costumes in the Oscar-winning movie!

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Who We Are

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.

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    Decorate your home for the winter season with some inspiration from our favorite home decor and interior design creators. From decorative beads, handmade baskets, singing bowls and other unique one of a kind items, we have everything you need to...

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Designer Spotlights

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.