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    Graduated African Carnelian Beads (8-14mm)

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    Admire this beautiful strand of prized African Carnelian beads from Nigeria. These stone beads have been polished to perfection to bring out their ...

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    Double Dot Black Venetian-Style Skunk Beads (12mm)

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    Commonly referred to as "skunk beads", these Venetian-style beads are inspired by traditional African trade beads. Original skunk beads are said to...

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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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    Old Light Blue Vaseline Faceted 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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    Yoruba Mock Coral Beads #1800

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    These glass beads are made to resemble the color and look of natural sea coral. Coral beads have are highly sought after by the Yoruba people of Ni...

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    Black & Yellow Antique Venetian Rattlesnake Trade Beads

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    Admire these authentic antique Venetian Rattlesnake Beads, which are named such for their distinctive pattern. These Trade beads were likely crafte...

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    Authentic African Branch Coral Beads (6mm)

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    Take a look at this beautiful strand of authentic branch coral beads. Coral beads such as these have been traded throughout the Mediterranean regio...

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    Old Amber Vaseline Trade Beads #10506

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    Admire this highly rare color of antique Czech vaseline beads. Most commonly found in green, red, and yellow alternatives, Vaseline beads have been...

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    Old Amber Vaseline Trade Beads #10505

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    Admire this highly rare color of antique Czech vaseline beads. Most commonly found in green, red, and yellow alternatives, Vaseline beads have been...

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    Old Amber Vaseline Trade Beads #10503

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    Admire this highly rare color of antique Czech vaseline beads. Most commonly found in green, red, and yellow alternatives, Vaseline beads have been...

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    Old Amber Vaseline Trade Beads #10502

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    Old Amber Vaseline Trade Beads #10501

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    Admire this highly rare color of antique Czech vaseline beads. Most commonly found in green, red, and yellow alternatives, Vaseline beads have been...

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    Old Amber Vaseline Trade Beads #10500

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    Black & Yellow Antique Venetian Rattlesnake Trade Beads #10507

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    Admire these authentic antique Venetian Rattlesnake Beads, which are named such for their distinctive pattern. These Trade beads were likely crafte...

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    Vintage Mixed Shape Binta Banji Beads (6-9mm)

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    Unusual strand of multi color Binta Banji prosser beads. While these beads typically come in an abacus or rondelle shape, this more rare variety is...

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    Vintage Round Binta Banji Beads (6-12mm)

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    Unusual strand of multi color Binta Banji prosser beads. While these beads typically come in an abacus or rondelle shape, this more rare variety is...

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    Jumbo Yoruba Mock Coral Beads (36 Inch Strand) #10995

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    Admire this very rare, jumbo size strand of Yoruba mock coral beads! These glass beads are made to resemble the color and look of natural sea coral...

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    Yoruba Mock Coral Beads #10005

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    These glass beads are made to resemble the color and look of natural sea coral. Coral beads have are highly sought after by the Yoruba people of Ni...

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    Yoruba Mock Coral Beads #10004

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    Yoruba Mock Coral Beads #10002

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    Yoruba Mock Coral Beads #10001

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    Yoruba Mock Coral Beads #10003

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    Yoruba Mock Coral Beads #10000

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    Yoruba Mock Coral Beads #9999

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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.