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    Groundhog Grey Recycled Glass Beads (14mm)

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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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    Translucent Brown Matte Glass Seed Beads (4mm)

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    These delightful brown 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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    Brown Matte Glass Seed Beads (3mm)

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    These delightful brown 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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    Translucent Brown Matte Glass Seed Beads (3mm)

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    Amber Recycled Glass Beads (7mm)

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    Take a look at this beautiful strand of root beer brown recycled glass beads. These beads are unusually small, in a hard-to-find 7mm size. Great fo...

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    Translucent Amber Ghana Glass Seed Beads (2mm)

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    We are captivated by the vibrant tone of these Amber Ghanian Glass Seed Beads. Ghanian Seed Beads are known for their striking translucence and bri...

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    Brown Matte Glass Seed Beads (4mm)

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    These delightful brown 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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    Brown Swirl Recycled Glass Beads (14mm)

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    Beige Ashanti Glass Saucer Beads (14mm)

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of Ashanti glass saucer beads. The process of making these beads is unique to Africa and has been used for over 1000...

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    Mocha Brown 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 mocha color recycled beads are made u...

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    Amber Recycled Glass Beads (11mm)

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    Take a look at this beautiful strand of brown recycled glass beads. You will receive a 25" strand with approximately 50 beads. Recycled glass beads...

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    Brown Ashanti Glass Saucer Beads (14mm)

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    Honey Beige Java Glass Beads

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

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    Mocha 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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    Dark Brown Java Gooseberry Beads

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

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    Golden Brown Sandcast Seed Beads

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of golden brown sandcast beads from Ghana, West Africa. Beads such as these are often worn as traditional waist bead...

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    Brown Afghani Tribal Seed Beads (10 Strands)

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    Beautiful strand of brown tiny glass seed beads from Afghanistan. These beads measure 1x2mm, with a hole size of just under 1mm. Handmade in a vill...

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    Mocha 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 mocha color recycled beads are made u...

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    Chocolate Brown Glass Beads (2 Strands)

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    Two strands of brown 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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    Groundhog Grey Swirl Recycled Glass Beads (14mm)

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    Add depth and texture to your jewelry designs with these wonderful Groundhog Grey Recycled Glass Beads. Handcrafted in Ghana, Africa these artisan ...

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    Rustic Amber Swirl Recycled Glass Beads

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    From the scenic villages of Ghana, these artisan Recycled Glass beads are made by hand by talented craftsmen. Beads like this are great to use in b...

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    Amber Color Recycled Glass Beads (14mm)

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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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    Amber Black Swirl Recycled Glass Beads (9mm)

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    From the scenic villages of Ghana, these stunning artisan Amber Black Swirl Recycled Glass beads are made by hand by talented craftsmen. Beads like...

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    Earth Brown Afghani Tribal Seed Beads (10 Strands)

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    Beautiful strand of brown tiny glass seed beads from Afghanistan. These beads measure 1-2 x 2mm, with a hole size of less than 1mm. Handmade in a v...

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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!