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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.
Elasticity 0.8mm Clear Elastic Cord (25 meters)
Excellent quality, great color vinyl beads. Always a pleasure dealing with The Bead Chest.
Thank you for the great quality beads. I look forward to creating awesome jewelry with them.
I purchased these to thread into my friend's hair for her wedding. They are gorgeous and let off a beautiful sparkle. I also used one strand just as a necklace for me, always get compliments. I use in my jewelry too. So many ways to use them!
Love these and everything we have ordered!
These beads with large holes help my disabled child be successful stringing bracelets;-). Thank you!
Love,love,love them...I made a necklace combining them with your batik bone beads and it looks smashing!
I will be back!
These beads are beautiful and bold yet subtle with the color of paradise. I love the twisted rope/jute they come on and do not want to dissemble them. I will wear them as is. LOVE em.
I love them and will order more!
Fantastic product as always! LOVE shopping from the Bead Chest!
Beadalon Bead Stringing Glue (9 ml)
These beads are so well made and colorful! I love them! Great price too!
Thank you for such great quality products
Love the product!
Lovely beads and very inspiring. Couldn’t wait to use them so made a bracelet adding only one old shell bead. Getting compliments!
I absolutely love these glass beads. The color is just like picture . They look great hanging from my lamps
Love shopping from the Bead Chest. Fantastic merchandise, and it always ships super fast! Definitely my favourite Etsy shop.
This is my favorite company to order from.❤️ Great customer service, quick shipping and excellent quality beads.
Smooth Shiny Silver Heishi Beads (6mm)
Reviewed my order in a timely manner and loved the Ancient Roman Glass Beads.
The Bead Chest has very good prices and the quality is excellent. I received my order within a few days of ordering. I will definitely order from The Bead Chest again.
Love these beads, my first time using these. I will be ordering more. It is only one strand so don't think what the picture shows is the amount you are getting.
Great beads, very versatile. I love working with them. Every bead is a little different and it gives finished pieces a chunky organic look.
These beads are amazing!! Love them! They have made some beautiful pieces
First time purchaser and I LOVED all my items. Thank you!!!
Love the character and variations in these beads. Very inspiring!
loved them!! so cute and they are different sizes and shapes which is great!
This is first tine I have ordered from Bead Chest, I will be ordering again !! Great quality and great customer service !
Thank you so much, the bracelet is beautiful! Have a blessed day!
I had searched quite a few websites looking for large Ethiopian crosses to make several necklaces, and to redo one I'd made some twenty years ago. Prices were either very high, or ridiculous- until I found what I needed on the Bead Chest website. Their large Ethiopian crosses had the perfect mix of simple beauty and craftsmanship. Very well-made, and expressive of an ancient faith. And they were reasonably priced. They arrived very quickly, and were packed very securely. I would most definitely purchase from Bead Chest again. Very reliable and they know their items back-story perfectly. An established, well run source for "ethnic" beads and jewelry.
My order was fulfilled promptly and I couldn't be more pleased. I will order from The Bead Chest again.
Authentic Translucent Amber Chip Beads (4mm)
Great vendor !
They’re beautiful and will go with my Christmas decor perfectly
Very pretty, great quality, excellent price and service, would purchase again
The color is very beautiful and versatile. Adds a nice pop of color, but can also work nice with neutrals.
This Ethiopian "tall cross" is a hefty, non-magnetic marvel. Before I got it, I already had set aside a cord to wear with it. It is comforting to feel, and I strongly recommend you hold it regularly. Chrestos speaks through this.
They are the beads I had been looking for!
These beads are amazing!! I have since placed a 2nd order!! Those also were amazing!!
All arrived quickly and nicely wrapped. Amazing selection and great quality!!
The Lamp necklaces are beautiful . I could not be happier with my purchase . Beautiful beads , quick shipment . Thank you!
Liked all of the beads a lot. Great customer service.
I have made a couple of purchases The delivery fast. The packaging secure. Beads were just as described and great quality the selection is so Grand ! Love this company 👍🏼