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With life being as busy as it already is; sometimes you don’t have the time and energy to create custom handcrafted jewelry pieces with every bead strand that you fall in love with. Luckily for you with our new Beaded Jewelry section and curated Ready-to-Wear bead strands, bracelets, and necklaces; wearing your favorite beads as simple jewelry pieces has never been easier. Whether you’re looking to mix a Krobo Kente necklace with a strand of our artisan Ashanti Saucer beads, or if you’re trying to mix some of our Nepali Capped Gemstone Necklaces with our masterfully crafted Recycled Paper Bead Necklaces from Uganda, this section of Ready-to-Wear necklaces, bracelets, anklets and waist beads is going to help keep you looking fresh and stylish. 

The art of handcrafting and beading custom jewelry pieces has been practiced for 1000s of years. Many cultures and countries all across the world have a rich history of artisan jewelry making. Over the years custom jewelry pieces have been used simply as beautiful accessories, as well as, sacred ceremonial adornments. On top of that jewelry and beads are also one of the World's first known forms of currency. Throughout history traders, artisans, and travelers have used beaded jewelry and artisan beads to buy food, clothing and other essential items.

Custom handcrafted and carved jewelry can be found in a massive amount of styles and variations. Artisan beads can be found all over the world! Commonly beads are made out of Recycled Glass, Paper, Shells, Bones, Coconuts, Seeds, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Malachite, Hematite, Lapis Lazuli, Pearls, Clay, Copper, Silver, White Metal, Brass, Aluminum, Amazonite, Rudraksha Seeds, Ebony, Olivewood, Jasper, Porcelain, Turquoise, Lava Stone, Venetian Glass, Amber, Animal Horns, Sand, Wax, Coral, Resin, Howlite, Jade, Carnelian, Agate, Recycled Vinyl, Seaglass and various other Gemstones. 

Different parts of the world are known for different beaded specialties. In West Africa handcrafted Vinyl, Bone, Metal Filigree, Baule Brass, Recycled Glass, and Kakamaba beads are very common. In parts of East Asia hand carved Agate, Wood, Bone Malas, and Shell beads are very popular. In places like North America and Eastern Europe, various New Age Gemstone Beads are always in style.

No matter what kind of Ready-to-Wear Jewelry you’re looking for here at The Bead Chest, we have got you covered. So please take your time and browse our vast curated selection of already strung Ready-to-Wear bead strands. We can’t wait to see how you wear them!