Take a moment to appreciate the size of these Jumbo Nigerian Brass Globe Beads. These beads have a somewhat rough surface with imperfections that g...View full details
Take a look at this beautiful strand of authentic branch coral beads. Coral beads such as these have been traded throughout the Mediterranean regio...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 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
These vintage cylinder-shaped beads are most often found in Nigeria and Ghana, West Africa. Commonly used to make waist beads jewelry by the tribes...View full details
This is a beautiful strand of interlocking REAL SNAKE VERTEBRAE BEADS imported from Africa. These African beads are known as Snake beads. They date...View full details
Take a look at these light blue glass baby padre beads from Nigeria. These little beads are great as spacers or to add character to your jewelry de...View full details
Admire these beautiful antique blue glass beads made by members of the West African Dogon tribe. Beads such as these are becoming increasingly diff...View full details
These round yellow padre beads are found in Nigeria, West Africa. Vintage beads such as these have been traded in African since the late 1800 early...View full details
This is a beautiful strand of interlocking REAL SNAKE VERTEBRAE BEADS imported from Africa. They have a nice antique brown color and makes great fo...View full details
Take a look at this beautiful strand of African vinyl beads. Beads such as these are found in Ghana and Nigeria where they are sometimes worn as wa...View full details
These brass 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....View full details
This special strand of silver beads is made according to a traditional Yoruba design sourced from West Africa. The Yoruba people are known for thei...View full details
Beautiful strand of vintage brown glass seed beads from Nigeria. Each bead measures approximately 3 x 4mm with strand length of 27". Some variation...View full details
Admire this authentic strand of vintage glass beads from the famed glass-making region of Bohemia in former Czechoslovakia. Beads such as these wer...View full details
Take a look at these nice black vintage glass baby padre beads from Nigeria. Unlike the more common padre beads, these are smaller in size and more...View full details
The vintage glass snake beads get their name due to their resemblance to the interlocking vertebrae of snakes. Most snake beads such as these are e...View full details
Take a look at this exceptional strand of bone disk beads made in Nigeria from Authentic Camel Bone. Each bead has been individually shaped and pol...View full details
Take a look at this colorful mix old beads from Nigeria. Beads such as these were likely made in former Czechoslovakia which for a period a major s...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
Take a look at these bright red glass baby padre beads from Nigeria. These little beads are great as spacers or to add character to your jewelry de...View full details
These versatile blue beads are smooth and worn to touch. Found in Nigeria, West Africa, vintage Czech beads such as these were made in Central Euro...View full details
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...View full details
These black beads have been fashioned in the shape of small buttons. Commonly known as Prosser beads, vintage Czech beads such as these were made d...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.