|Beadstore.com began in 1998 to serve beaders and collectors around the world. It is the online presence of S & A Beads, located at 6929 Laurel Avenue, just outside of Washington, DC in Historic Old Town Takoma Park. The store is easily accessible from the DC Metro's Takoma Station on the Red Line. Our hours:
Monday - Friday: 11 am - 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
But you can reach us anytime on the web, at email@example.com, or by phone at 301-891-2323.
A visit to S & A Beads is a trip to a mini-museum of craft and culture. Unlike a museum, however, you have the opportunity to take home an affordably-priced piece of history, or to create your own culture by crafting a piece of jewelry from our carefully selected array of antique beads, semi-precious stones, charms, and findings. In addition to beads, we carry a selection of unusual African and Asian textiles and craft pieces, as well as gifts and household pleasures such as soaps, scented candles and beautiful decorative accessories. Stop by and check us out. We're open seven days a week and are only minutes from the Capital Beltway, and just two blocks from the Takoma Metro Station on the Red Line. There is free parking behind the store.
S&A Beads has a particular specialty in antique “trade beads” from Africa. Beads were an important part of the currency used in trade between Africans and Europeans for many years. This trade started in the 1500's between Africa and Venice, Amsterdam, and Prague. Continuing up to the 1950's, S&A's stock of antique trade beads are mostly from the periods of 1880 to 1940—beads with great history and great beauty! A visit to S&A Beads is a trip to a mini-museum of craft and culture—unlike a museum, however, you have the opportunity to take home a piece of history at an affordable price.
Our antique trade bead inventory includes Venetian Millefiore and Fancy, Ethiopian prayer beads, and organic beads made from shell, stone, or coral. A perennial favorite, old Mali amber beads, are available in beautiful faceted varieties. Antique beads are available on their original strings—wear them as is or have them re-strung. Our extensive inventory of individual antique beads give you the opportunity to create your own design, and our bead classes can help you learn the proper techniques.
S&A Bead's inventory goes beyond beads to include African art, such as Kuba Cloth, beaded art pieces, and beaded accessories. We carry an extensive stock of charms of all kinds—celestial, alphabet, love, and much more. Yemen prayer boxes, prayer beads, and finished jewelry have been a beautiful addition to our inventory. Necklaces, earrings, and pendants from Africa, Asia, Venice, and the Middle East, are available in an impressive variety.Susan Hunter Silverman loved beads and jewelry—her legacy lives on through the offerings of S&A Beads and Beadstore.com. Acquire a beautiful, interesting, piece of history at an affordable price—African trade beads, Mali amber, Yemen prayer beads—wear a piece of history!