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    Brick Brown Glass Snake Beads (10mm)

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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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    Dark 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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    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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    Old Nigerian White Agate Beads (9-17mm)

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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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    Antique Nigerian Brass Saucer Beads (10mm)

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    From the villages of Nigeria, these beautiful saucer-shaped beads were crafted by skilled artisans many decades ago. Each bead measures approximate...

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    Antique Yoruba Brass Beads w/ Vintage Coin

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    Take a look at this beautiful antique Yoruba brass necklace! Yoruba brass is a special artisanal bead made in Nigeria and prized throughout West Af...

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    Vintage Electric Orange Binta Banji Beads

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    These brilliant glass beads are likely of Czech provenance. Beads such as these were produced during the 19th and 20th centuries by Europeans for t...

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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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    White Stripe Dogtooth Venetian Trade Beads

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    Found in Nigeria, these authentic Venetian Glass Trade Beads derive their name from their resemblance to natural teeth. Dogtooth beads are characte...

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    Vintage Black Cylindrical Nigerian Glass Beads

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

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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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    Nigerian Brass Globe Beads (18mm)

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    Take a look at these Brass Globe trade beads from Africa. These beads have a somewhat irregular surface with imperfections that give them a truly r...

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    Old Amber Vaseline Cube Trade Beads

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    Admire this highly rare color of antique, cornerless cube Czech Vaseline beads. Most commonly found in green, red, and yellow alternatives, Vaselin...

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    Tan Nigerian Camel Bone Beads (Tube)

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    These rustic beads are said to be made using recycled camel bone. Each bead is hand-carved into its initial shape. Some are then patterned through...

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    Nigerian Saucer White Camel Bone Beads (14mm)

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    Take a look at this exceptional strand of bone saucer-shaped beads made in Nigeria from authentic camel bone. Each bead has been individually shape...

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    White Nigerian Camel Bone Oval Beads (13x12mm)

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    The rich cream tone of these handmade bone beads is unique in character. These individually shaped beads are said to be made from Camel Bone in Nig...

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    Old Blue Sliced Nigerian Dogon Disk Beads

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    These old Nigerian Dogon beads are much more rare and hard to find than the Ethiopian Dogon from East Africa. Made in Europe for the African Trade,...

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    Nigerian Black Agate Beads

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    Admire these sleek black agate beads from Nigeria. Varied in shades of brown and grey, the smooth natural tones are sure to impress! Black stone be...

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    Round White Padre Beads (8mm)

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    Take a look at these beautiful round white padre beads. Made from Czech glass, padre beads such as these have been traded in African since as early...

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    Vintage Clear Glass Seed Beads (2mm)

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    Beautiful strand of vintage clear glass seed beads from Nigeria. Each bead measures approximately 2 x 2mm with strand length of 26-27". Some variat...

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    Nigerian Camel Bone Beads

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    These rustic beads are said to be made using recycled camel bone. Each bead is hand-carved into its initial shape. Some are then patterned through ...

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    Round Navy Blue Padre Beads (9mm)

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    Take a look at these beautiful cobalt blue padre beads. Made from Czech glass, padre beads such as these have been traded in African since as early...

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    Vintage Coconut Shell Heishi Beads (10-15mm)

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    Beautiful strand of heishi beads made from the shell of a coconut. The size of beads may vary slightly from strand to strand. If you have very spec...

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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.