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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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    West African British Colonial Coin Beads

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    Own a piece of history with this hard-to-find strand of nickel and copper coins found in West Africa from the British colonial period. Coins such a...

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    Malian Camel Bone Beads (8x9mm)

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    These impressive Malian Camel Bone Beads are truly gorgeous. Camel Bone Beads in this unique orange shade are a rare find and will add a rustic nat...

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    Nigerian Brass Globe Beads (14mm)

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    Take a look at these Brass Globe trade beads from Africa. Each bead is handmade individually. The strand is 26", with beads measuring 13-16mm in di...

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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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    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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    Vintage Clear Colodonte Beads (Long Strand)

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    More commonly found in red, white, and black, these rare Colodonte beads are a hard-to-find clear color. Likely of Bohemian origin, these vintage b...

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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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    Old Nigerian White Agate Beads (9-17mm)

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    These old natural stone beads are found in Nigeria. Populating a wide swath of West Africa, the people of the Fulani tribe have long put high value...

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    Antique Nigerian Brass Beads (24 Inch Strand)

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    Take a look at these unusual antique brass trade beads from Nigeria West Africa. Also known as Cambari brass, each bead is handmade individually. S...

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    Yoruba Mock Coral Beads

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    Beautiful strand of mock coral beads made by the Yoruba tribe in West Africa. These are old beads and may show some signs of age including some chi...

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    Wide Yellow Glass Snake Beads (9mm)

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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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    Glass Snake Beads, Light Yellow (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 fro...

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    Brick Brown Glass 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 t...

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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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    Nigerian Oval Brown Camel Bone Beads (12x10mm)

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    These rustic bone beads are made from authentic recycled camel bone, and hand-dyed to the deep brown color that they are. Each bead measures 12-13 ...

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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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    Antique Yoruba Brass Beads with Conical Pendant

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    These Vintage Yoruba brass beads have a unique and whimsical shape. Formed with a patterned surface, these hollow beads are distinctive in their de...

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    Real Snake Vertebrae Beads from Africa (Extra Large)

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    This is a beautiful strand of interlocking REAL SNAKE VERTEBRAE BEADS imported from Africa. These African beads are known as Snake beads. They date...

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    Old Yoruba Brass Bell Necklace

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    These authentic brass bells are handmade by the Yoruba people of Nigeria in West Africa. The Yoruba tribe are one of the most significant ethnic gr...

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    Clear Old Annular Wound Dogon Beads (11mm)

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    Fabulous strand of old annular wound trade beads also known as "Dutch Donuts". These african trade beads have traveled at least three continents a...

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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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    Glass Snake Beads, Navy Blue Color (9mm)

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    Pink and Blue Mixed Glass Snake Beads

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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.