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.
The brown mala bone beads are yet my favourite can’t wait to create
The Bead Chest has a wonderful selection of exotic beads. The beads are beautiful.
Adored my beads 😍
Love red creek jasper but this is my first time to try a matte finish. The beads look great but I have not used them yet
Round Pink Zebra Jasper Beads (4mm)
So rare for me to find this color and size! Bead Chest does it again!
Will purchase more like items Thk u
Nice product which is as described!
Swirl Design Batik Bone Beads (Small)
Very pretty beads! Used them for both a necklace and bracelets and they look great
The beads have a lovely worn-looking patina tomthem, lending an air of antiquity to,them. I love the muted colors. The Bead Chest always has such interesting choices!
Beads are beautiful. And most importantly exactly as depicted. No throw aways for chips or cracks or off center drilling as sometimes happens from any source. Again, appearance and quality just as depicted. Thanks. Made a beautiful necklace.
I love these new brass faceted diamond cut beads. Great spacers. Exactly what I was hoping for!!
Beautiful beads. I look forward to creating with them.
The beads are beautiful. My only regret, I didn’t purchase more.
Beautiful beads. Will buy again. Fast shipping.
I just recieved my order and couldn't be happier. So much nicer in my hands. Now to get busy beading!
Great, as viewed, purchased and received
It is perfect! I haven't seen Roman for years!!!
Black Round Natural Wood Beads (20mm)
Love these glass beads!
This is a beautiful string of beads. However, the picture at the web site is deceptive, since all you get for the price is one string of beads. To replicate the picture you would need about 20 or more. However, I do love this shop and know their products are beautiful and match the pictures, usually.
Love this Hexagonal Brass Beads (6mm)
They are beautiful
I love this necklace as I do all the other ones I have purchased from The Bead Chest.
Excellent and beautiful interlocking.
I have purchased similar beads before - these were fantastic - very consistent and good quality.
The beads were wonderful! The prices were great! The shipping was super fast! Bead Chest you are the best!!!!!
I love these even more than I had anticipation! They are perfect for necklaces I make using the recycled glass and wound brass beads.
Vintage Vinyl Phono Record Beads (14mm)
Round Copper Ethiopian Beads (8mm)
I had been wanting more ancient Roman glass beads, and these are gorgeous. I also love the tiny spacers, made of the same ancient glass. The shipping was prompt as well. Thank you!
So happy to have discovered The Bead Chest. Great selection of “out of the ordinary “ beads. Fast service too!
All the beads I've ordered have been of the highest quality, reasonable and extremely fast delivery!! Highly recommend them!!