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    Tranlucent Blue Fulani Glass Tube Beads (8mm)

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    These old glass beads are typically found among the Fulani people of Nigeria. Glass beads such as these were made by hand and likely brought by Eur...

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    Light Blue Sliced Prosser Button Beads

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    Sliced Prosser Beads, otherwise known as button beads, get their name from their unique shape. These beads originated in the former Czechoslovakia ...

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    Old Black Padre Beads (8mm)

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    These days, authentic glass Padres are hard to find in Africa and this black color is among the most prized colors. Look closely and you will see t...

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    Rose Pink Sliced Prosser Button Beads (8mm)(Long Strand)

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    These vintage Prosser beads are a colorful lot! Prosser beads are a type of pressed glass bead that originates in former Czechoslovakia, a country ...

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    Turquoise Round Nigerian Olombo Padre Beads (8mm)

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    These round turquoise padre beads are found in Nigeria, West Africa. Such beads been been traded in African since the late 1800 early 1900's.The be...

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    Vintage Translucent Green Colodonte Beads

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    Long strand of Colodonte glass beads in an unusual green color. Colodonte beads are most commonly found in red, black, and white so this is a uniqu...

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    Copper Yoruba-Style Beads (9mm)

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    This special strand of copper beads is made according to a traditional Yoruba design sourced from West Africa. The Yoruba people are known for thei...

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    Sliced Yellow Prosser Beads

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    Up for sale is a nice strand of sliced yellow glass from Africa. These beads originated in Czech and made by pressing molten glass. They have been ...

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    Vintage Translucent Red Czech Glass Oval Beads

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    Take a look at this red strand of Czech glass beads. Also known as Bohemia, the eastern region of former Czechoslovakia, historically has been a ma...

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    Sliced Brown Prosser Beads

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    Up for auction is a nice strand of sliced brown glass from Africa. These beads originated in Czech and made by pressing molten glass. They have b...

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    Silver Aja Flower Beads (11mm)

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    These silver flower beads are cast in a design reminiscent of Venetian Aja beads. Each bead measures approximately 4 x 11mm with a hole size of 2mm...

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    Sliced Green Prosser Button Beads (8mm)

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    Up for sale is a nice strand of sliced green glass from Africa. These beads originated in Czech and made by pressing molten glass. They have been...

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    White Goomba Beads (10mm)

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    These old Goomba White Cylinder beads were used for the African Trade in the 1900's. They are made from European glass and measure approximately 5-...

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    Vintage Black Vinyl Phono Record Beads (10-12mm)

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    These vintage black vinyl beads are a traditional bead of West Africa. Beads such as these are traditionally worn as waist beads. Old vinyl beads l...

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    Nigerian Saucer Brown Camel Bone Beads

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    Take a look at this exceptional strand of bone disk beads made in Nigeria from Authentic Camel Bone dyed with the natural color of the Henna plant....

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    Graduated Brown Camel Bone Disk Beads

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    Take a look at this exceptional strand of bone disk beads made in Nigeria from Authentic Camel Bone dyed by the natural color of the Henna plant. E...

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    Vintage White Sliced Prosser Button Beads

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    Old Mixed Russian Blue Beads (Long Strand)

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    Admire this beautiful medley of antique beads including some of our favorites such as hand-faceted Russian blues in various sizes and shapes, red &...

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    Glass Snake Beads, Light Yellow (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...

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    Glass Snake Beads, Sea Green Color (6mm)

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    This is a beautiful strand of interlocking Czech beads made from glass and imported from Africa. These African beads are known as Snake beads becau...

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    Nigerian Brass Globe Beads (12mm)

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    Take a look at these Brass Globe trade beads from Africa. Each bead measures approximately 10-14mm in diameter and is handmade individually. This 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 Faceted Idar-Oberstein Agate Beads

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    Commonly referred to by their place of production, Idar Oberstein Beads carry to this day a reputation for quality craftsmanship. Idar Oberstein in...

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    Yellow Jacket Chevron Beads

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    These distinctive Yellow Jacket Chevron beads are identifiable by their special colors and design. Chevrons are a classic style of Venetian trade b...

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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.