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    Vintage Nigerian Bead Medley (Long Strand)

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    Take a look at this colorful mix old beads from Nigeria. Beads such as these were likely made in former Czechoslovakia which for a period a major s...

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    Yellow Jacket Venetian Aja Beads (5mm)

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    These authentic Aja beads are made from Venetian Glass. Aja beads such as these are identified by their distinctive disk-like shape. To this day, V...

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    Antique Venetian Brick Red Trade Beads (Long Strand)

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    These unusual glass Trade Beads were found in West Africa. While the exact age of this piece is not known, beads such as these were made between th...

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    Striped Venetian Aja Beads (10mm)

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    These authentic Aja beads are made from Venetian Glass. Aja beads such as these are identified by their distinctive disk-like shape. To this day, V...

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    Yellow Jacket Venetian Aja Beads (5mm)

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    These authentic Aja beads are made from Venetian Glass. Aja beads such as these are identified by their distinctive disk-like shape. To this day, V...

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    Green Blue Medley Snake Beads (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 the...

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    Blue & Yellow Antique Venetian Onion Beads (Long Strand)

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    Checkout this amazing strand of antique blue and yellow onion trade beads. These original African trade beads are becoming increasingly difficult t...

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    Rare Opate Antique Dutch Trade Beads

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    Admire this rare and highly collectable strand of old Dutch Glass Trade Beads. This authentic stand of beads has graced many owners and traveled mu...

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    Pink and Blue Mixed Glass Snake Beads

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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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    Mixed Venetian Aja Beads (14mm)

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    These authentic Aja beads are made from Venetian Glass. Aja beads such as these are identified by their distinctive disk-like shape. To this day, V...

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    Yellow Jacket Venetian Aja Beads (6mm)

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    These authentic Aja beads are made from Venetian Glass. Aja beads such as these are identified by their distinctive disk-like shape. To this day, V...

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    Black & Brown Venetian Aja Beads (12mm)

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    These authentic Aja beads are made from Venetian Glass. Aja beads such as these are identified by their distinctive disk-like shape. To this day, V...

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    Geometic Kakamba Vintage Czech Beads

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    These unusual glass beads are a rare cousin to the more common Kakamba Bead. Among the foremost glass makers of the 19-20th centuries, Czech artisa...

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    Mixed Glass Snake Beads (Small)

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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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    Glass Snake Beads, Blue Black Color (Large)

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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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    Turquoise Medley Mixed Glass Snake Beads (6mm)

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    Snake beads are vintage African trade beads originally produced in Czechoslovakia and exported to West Africa. The shape of these beads is inspired...

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    Rare Star Snake Beads (Set of 6)

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    These antique star beads are an unusual find! Like their cousins the snake beads, star beads were made in Czechoslovakia and traveled to Africa for...

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    Set of 10 Strands Old Glass Snake Beads (Large)

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    This set of 10 glass Snake Beads contains many rare hard-to-find colors including ivory, black, and light green. These are authentic old strands, n...

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    Antique Vaseline Faceted Glass Cube Beads

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    These old faceted glass beads are unusual in their shape and color. Cube-shaped Vaselines are hard to find and much more rare. This special strand ...

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    Vintage Multicolor Nigerian Cylindrical Glass Beads

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    Beautiful strand of multicolor small glass beads from Nigeria. Each bead measures approximately 5-6 x 6-7mm with strand length of 26". Some variati...

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    Red & Black Mixed Glass Snake Beads (6mm)

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    Snake beads are vintage African trade beads originally produced in Czechoslovakia and exported to West Africa. The shape of these beads is inspired...

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    Assorted Antique European Opate Trade Beads

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    Admire this unique strand of old European Trade Beads. Likely of Venetian or Dutch provenance, beads such as these were produced for centuries by s...

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    Mixed Aqua Vaseline Cube Beads

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    Old Vaseline beads in this color are exceedingly rare and hard to find. Beads such as these were likely made in Bohemia using a combination of glas...

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    Mixed Antique Feather Beads

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    Take a look at these beautiful antique Venetian Feather trade beads! African trade beads were made throughout the 19th and 20th century primarily f...

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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.