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    Black Matte Glass Seed Beads (4mm)

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    These delightful black glass seed beads are versatile and fun to work with. The smooth matte surface and somewhat irregular shape give them a rusti...

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    Midnight Black Ashanti Glass Saucer Beads

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of black color Ashanti glass saucer beads. The process of making these beads is unique to Africa and has been used f...

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    Black Matte Glass Seed Beads (3mm)

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    These delightful black glass seed beads are versatile and fun to work with. The smooth matte surface and somewhat irregular shape give them a rusti...

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    Opaque Black Rondelle Recycled Glass Beads

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    From the villages of Ghana, these beautiful recycled glass beads are made by artisan craftspeople 100% by hand. The beads themselves are made using...

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    Opaque Black Recycled Glass Beads (7mm)

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    Take a look at this beautiful strand of black recycled glass beads. These beads are unusually small, in a hard-to-find 7mm size. Great for bracelet...

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    Opaque Black Recycled Glass Beads (11mm)

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    Recycled glass beads are a type of indigenously produced African bead from Ghana West Africa. These beautiful black color recycled beads are made u...

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    Charcoal Black Recycled Glass Beads (7mm)

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    Take a look at this beautiful strand of charcoal black recycled glass beads. These beads are unusually small, in a hard-to-find 7mm size. Great for...

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    Black Padre Beads (8mm)

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    Padre beads were originally manufactured in Europe and traded throughout Africa in the 20th century. Although of newer age, these padre beads have ...

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    Black Ghana Glass Beads (2 Strands)

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    Two strands of black color small glass beads from Ghana. Each bead measures approximately 4mm in diameter by 3mm in length. Some variation in indiv...

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    Opaque Black Recycled Glass Beads (14mm)

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    Recycled glass beads are a type of indigenously produced African bead from Ghana West Africa. These beautiful black color recycled beads are made u...

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    Black Java Glass Donut Beads (6mm)

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    Admire these delightful donut-shape beads handcrafted on the island of Java. Indonesia has a ancient and storied tradition of glass-making that ext...

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    Matte Black White Heart Beads (7mm)

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of white heart beads! White hearts derive their name from the inner core of opaque white glass that is coated with a...

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    Black Recycled Glass Beads (9mm)

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    Recycled glass beads are a type of indigenously produced African bead from Ghana West Africa. These beautiful charcoal color recycled beads are mad...

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    Matte Black White Heart Beads (9mm)

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    Jumbo Charcoal Black Recycled Glass Beads (22mm)

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    Take a look at this exceptionally large strand of jumbo-sized black recycled glass beads. Large beads such as these are hard to find and even harde...

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    Charcoal Black Recycled Glass Beads (11mm)

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    These great beads are made by the Krobo People of Ghana, Africa. Powder glass beads are made by crushing glass to a fine powder and heating it so t...

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    Midnight Black Ashanti Glass Saucer Beads (10mm)

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of black Ashanti glass saucer beads. The process of making these beads is unique to Africa and has been used for ove...

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    Black Ashanti Glass Saucer Beads (23mm)

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of black color Ashanti glass saucer beads. The process of making these beads is unique to Africa and has been used f...

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    Midnight Black Ashanti Glass Saucer Beads (8mm)

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    Charcoal Black Recycled Glass Beads (18mm)

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    Recycled glass beads are a type of indigenously produced African bead from Ghana West Africa. These beautiful purple recycled beads are made using ...

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    Black Kente Krobo Beads (11mm)

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain in Ghana, West Africa. Many designs of Krobo beads are patte...

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    Black Java Glass Heishi Beads

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    These black java glass heishi beads are handmade by independent artisans on the island of Java. Pay close attention and you will notice a very spec...

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    Charcoal Black Recycled Glass Beads (14mm)

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    Midnight Black Mixed-Shape Glass Beads

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There is nothing more alluring than adding the refined and reflective touch of glass beads into your jewelry designs. For thousands of years glass beads have been made and incorporated into jewelry designs by master artisans. At The Bead Chest we have a diverse curated selection of glass beads at your disposal. From our unique strands of ancient Roman glass to our vibrant Czechoslovakian glass beads and from our luminous strands of Ghanaian recycled glass beads to our captivating Nepalese glass chevron beads you’re going to have to take your time to browse our striking curated section of glass beads.

The creation and technology for the production of glass beads dates all the way back 5,000 years. Glass beads and jewelry adornments have been found in the ancient tombs of Egypt, as well as, many other archaeological dig sites across East Asia. Initially glass beads were produced by either glass blowing or winding techniques. Glass bead winding is done by dipping a rod into hot glass and winding the glass around the rod. As time moved on the techniques of glass making improved. One of most influential times for artisan glass bead making can be attributed to the 1300s in Venice Italy. Many Venetian glass bead making techniques were developed and refined during this time. The glass bead making techniques for creating glass seed beads, chevron beads, blown beads and wound beads were all refined during this period. By the late 15th century, trade routes from Europe had expanded all over the world. Travelers, traders and explorers all carried glass beads with them to use as a form of currency and the demand for glass beads began to increase. Since the demand for Venetian glass beads had inflated so much, Venetian artisans started outsourcing uncut glass to Bohemia (The Czech Republic) to be cut and fashioned into bead strands. Master glass crafters from Bohemia started to travel to Italy to work in local glass factories to learn and refine their glass bead making skills even more. Through the 19th century the Bohemian glass industry continued to grow and improve. By the 20th century Czech glass beads started being imported into countries all over the world. As the demand and popularity for Czech glass beads increased so did their prices and quality and throughout the 20th century Czech glass beads maintained their high status and demand. Artisan glass beads to this day are still in high demand!

So what are you waiting for? Now is the time to add the refined and artistic touch of glass beads to your jewelry designs. So please take a moment to browse our diverse catalogue of distinct and assorted glass beads. We know you’re going to find the perfect strands for your jewelry design and interior design projects!