Beautiful vintage strand of white glass beads from Nigeria. Each bead measures approximately 2 x 3mm with strand length of 24". Beads may vary slig...View full details
Take a look at these cool turquoise color glass baby padre beads from Nigeria. Unlike more common padre beads, these are smaller in size and more v...View full details
Beautiful strand of vintage red glass seed beads from Nigeria. Each bead measures approximately 2 x 3mm with strand length of 22-24". Some variatio...View full details
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...View full details
This brass bell is said to have been used and passed down generations during its lifetime in Nigeria. Crafted by an expert craftsman many decades a...View full details
Take a look at these white glass baby padre beads from Nigeria. These little beads are great as spacers or to add color to your jewelry designs. Tw...View full details
These tiny rose colored seed beads have a weathered and vintage feel to them. Frequently used as part of elaborate tribal jewelry, these have been ...View full details
This special strand of brass beads is made according to a traditional Yoruba design sourced from West Africa. The Yoruba people are known for their...View full details
Take a look at these Brass Donut trade beads from Africa. Each bead is handmade individually. The strand is 26", with beads measuring 2 - 3 mm in t...View full details
These vintage cylinder-shaped beads are most often found in Nigeria and Ghana, West Africa. Commonly used to make waist beads jewelry, each strand ...View full details
Admire this beautiful strand of prized African Carnelian beads from Nigeria. These stone beads have been polished to perfection to bring out their ...View full details
Take a look at these yellow glass baby padre beads from Nigeria. These little beads are great as spacers or to add character to your jewelry design...View full details
Similar to their larger cousins, the Russian blue, these difficult to find Bamiko beads have a faceted appearance. Among the most celebrated of fac...View full details
These unique lavender glass seed beads are unique in color and slightly irregular shape. Seed beads such as these were likely produced in Europe fo...View full details
These colorful yellow beads are found in Nigeria, West Africa. Similar to vintage Prosser beads, these pressed Czech Glass Beads are traditionally ...View full details
Take a look at these cool aqua color glass baby padre beads from Nigeria. These little beads are great as spacers or to add color to your jewelry d...View full details
Take a look at this exceptional strand of bone beads made in Nigeria from Authentic Camel Bone. Each bead has been individually carved with craftsm...View full details
These handmade rings are made by independent artisans in Nigeria. Measuring approximately 14mm in diameter, each donut-shaped ring has a hole size ...View full details
These old white Goomba beads were traded in West Africa between the 19th and 20th centuries. Each authentic strand will show the wear of travel thr...View full details
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...View full details
These old Goomba white cylinder beads were used for trade in the 1900's. They are European made glass beads and measure 6-10mm in diameter and 3-8m...View full details
This strand of interlocking Czech glass beads is called "SNAKE" trade beads because of its similarity to the snake vertebrae. They date back fro...View full details
Take a look at these cool navy blue color glass baby padre beads from Nigeria. Unlike more common padre beads, these are smaller in size and more v...View full details
Beautiful strand of heishi beads made from the natural shell of a coconut. The size of beads may vary slightly from strand to strand. Individual be...View full details
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.