Open Online!

Posted on April 27, 2020 by Abe Silverman | 0 comments

"... bead, bead, bead your way to sanity... even in a crazy world!"

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New sister site dealing with healing crystals & stones!

Posted on April 20, 2020 by Abe Silverman | 0 comments

What better time to announce the launch of our new sister site dedicated to healing crystals and stones than in the middle of a pandemic!  We are incredibly excited to bring a curated selection of healing crystals, rocks and finished jewelry by our incredible Staff!



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Sanitizing the Bead Store: Keeping Corona At Bay

Posted on March 19, 2020 by Larry Silverman | 0 comments

In response to the current emergency, our staff at spent three full days deep cleaning, cleaning, cleaning our hundreds of thousands of beads and crystals. What a job! This was following by 3 days of "quarantining" the shop and everything in it, to kill off surviving germs, if any. Be assured the items you order and we ship are as safe as we can make them!

By the way, our shop has much more than our site. If there is something you need as you and your family hunker down, but don't see, call us at  (301-891-2323) or email us at Right now our gem and crystal collection is bigger and better than ever.

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Ethiopian Easter

Posted on April 23, 2019 by Larry Silverman | 35 comments

Happy Easter to our Ethiopian neighbors and friends, who celebrate Easter Sunday on April 28 this year. Ethiopia is the source of some of our most interesting artifacts and beads, and some wonderful customers.

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Closed Easter Sunday

Posted on April 20, 2019 by Larry Silverman | 28 comments

S&A Beads' physical store in Takoma, DC will be closed on April 21, 2019, in honor of the Easter/Passover holidays. Will open again on Monday, April 22 at 11 am.

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"African Amber": Everything you ever wanted to know!

Posted on November 21, 2018 by Abraham Silverman | 33 comments

"The stories were fabulous:  the beads were hundreds of years old (not true), made from bits of real amber and mixed with the resin of a particular tree (not true), became more beautiful as they were worn by picking up the oils in the skin (true!), and had vast spiritual powers (that one's up to you).  The legends were epic.  

But the reality is no less fascinating, as thoroughly explained in a paper by Rosanna Falabella..."

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Coming up on 1 year since we threw the dice...!

Posted on September 02, 2018 by Abraham Silverman | 26 comments

Almost one year ago, we were in the finishing touches of opening our new store location!  We threw the dice, left the location we'd been at for 30 years, and moved down the street to a (then) empty shell of a building!  It was twice the size and intimidating to build a new location largely from scratch....  but the wait was worth it!  Now as we look back over the past year, it seems like a great success!  Won't you come in and visit?

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