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    Turquoise Baby Padre Olombo Beads

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    Take a look at these cool turquoise color glass baby padre beads from Nigeria. Unlike more common padre beads, these are smaller in size and more v...

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    Vintage Bright Red Glass Seed Beads (3mm)

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    Beautiful strand of vintage red glass seed beads from Nigeria. Each bead measures approximately 2 x 3mm with strand length of 22-24". Some variatio...

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    Vintage Tiny Rose Pink Seed Beads (2mm)

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    These tiny rose colored seed beads have a weathered and vintage feel to them. Frequently used as part of elaborate tribal jewelry, these have been ...

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    Vintage Czech Red Cylinder Beads (6mm)

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    These vintage cylinder-shaped beads are most often found in Nigeria and Ghana, West Africa. Commonly used to make waist beads jewelry, each strand ...

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    Yellow Baby Padre Olombo Beads

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    Take a look at these yellow glass baby padre beads from Nigeria. These little beads are great as spacers or to add character to your jewelry design...

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    Old Blue Bamiko Glass Beads

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    Similar to their larger cousins, the Russian blue, these difficult to find Bamiko beads have a faceted appearance. Among the most celebrated of fac...

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    Vintage Translucent Lavender Seed Beads (3mm)

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    These unique lavender glass seed beads are unique in color and slightly irregular shape. Seed beads such as these were likely produced in Europe fo...

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    Vintage Czech Yellow Cylinder Beads (6mm)

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    These colorful yellow beads are found in Nigeria, West Africa. Similar to vintage Prosser beads, these pressed Czech Glass Beads are traditionally ...

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    Aqua Green Baby Padre Olombo Beads

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    Take a look at these cool aqua color glass baby padre beads from Nigeria. These little beads are great as spacers or to add color to your jewelry d...

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    Old White Nigerian Goomba Beads

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    These old white Goomba beads were traded in West Africa between the 19th and 20th centuries. Each authentic strand will show the wear of travel thr...

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    Glass Snake Beads, Coral Color (9mm)

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    This strand of interlocking Czech glass beads is called "SNAKE" trade beads because of its similarity to the snake vertebrae. They date back from t...

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    White Goomba Beads

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    These old Goomba white cylinder beads were used for trade in the 1900's. They are European made glass beads and measure 6-10mm in diameter and 3-8m...

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    Turquoise Glass Snake Beads (6mm)

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    This strand of interlocking Czech glass beads is called "SNAKE" trade beads because of its similarity to the snake vertebrae. They date back from t...

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    Navy Blue Baby Padre Olombo Beads

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    Take a look at these cool navy blue color glass baby padre beads from Nigeria. Unlike more common padre beads, these are smaller in size and more v...

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    Glass Snake Beads, Coral Color (6mm)

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    This strand of interlocking Czech glass beads is called "SNAKE" trade beads because of its similarity to the snake vertebrae. They date back fro...

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    Vintage Czech White Cylinder Beads (6mm)

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    Light Blue Baby Padre Olombo Beads

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    Take a look at these light blue glass baby padre beads from Nigeria. These little beads are great as spacers or to add character to your jewelry de...

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    Antique Blue Glass Dogon Donut Beads

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    Admire these beautiful antique blue glass beads made by members of the West African Dogon tribe. Beads such as these are becoming increasingly diff...

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    Sunflower Yellow Round Nigerian Olombo Padre Beads

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    These round yellow padre beads are found in Nigeria, West Africa. Vintage beads such as these have been traded in African since the late 1800 early...

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    Vintage Brown Cylindrical Glass Seed Beads (4mm)

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    Beautiful strand of vintage brown glass seed beads from Nigeria. Each bead measures approximately 3 x 4mm with strand length of 27". Some variation...

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    Clear Translucent Vintage Bohemian Fulani Glass Beads (40x9mm)

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    Admire this authentic strand of vintage glass beads from the famed glass-making region of Bohemia in former Czechoslovakia. Beads such as these wer...

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    Black Baby Padre Olombo Beads

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    Take a look at these nice black vintage glass baby padre beads from Nigeria. Unlike the more common padre beads, these are smaller in size and more...

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    Red Medley Snake Beads (9mm)

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    Vintage Nigerian Bead Medley (Long Strand)

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With such a precise artisan quality and a abundant history; our strands of Nigerian beads are the breath of fresh air your jewelry designs have been looking for. Here are The Bead Chest we have a diverse selection of Nigerian beads! From our brass Nigerian beads and pendants to our hand carved Nigerian bone beads and from our glass to our wooden Nigerian beads your options are many! And with tones ranging from red to blue, black to white and with many multicolor bead strand options we know you’ll find the perfect Nigerian beads for your next jewelry collection.

The artisan culture and history of Nigerian jewelry making and artistry dates all the way back to 500 BC. From about 500 BC to AD 200 the Nok civilisation of Northern Nigeria flourished. From giant terracotta sculptures and statues to elaborate copper masks and brass jewelry, Nigerian artistry has been developing and influencing global culture since the dawn of time. In the middle ages Nigeria spanned all the way from western Nigeria to modern-day Togo. During that time the Benin Empire of southwestern Nigeria prospered from the 15th - 19th century. During that time Nigeria traded its artisan jewelry designs and supplies along trade routes reaching places like Portugal and the Middle East. The most famous ancient artifacts from Nigeria are the two royal Benin ivory masks. The ivory masks are seen by hundreds of thousands each year at the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Museum of London. In modern day Nigeria the spirit of artistry and jewelry making is still alive and many of Nigeria’s current jewelry makers pull inspiration from the many styles of the ancient Benin Empire.

Modern day Nigerian jewelry making is well known for its use and implementation of many different types of materials in all shapes and sizes. Coconut shells and vintage glass are creatively used to make unique strands of beads. Everything from camel bone beads to white metal beads are used as accent pieces in intricate necklaces and bracelets. Nigerian jewelry makers are particularly skilled at making beautiful brass bead strands and highly detailed brass pendants.

It's a no brainer when it comes to working with the complex and spectacular styles of Nigerian beads. So please take your time browsing our selection of Nigerian beads and pendants! We know you’ll find the right beads for you and your creative designs.