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 | 14 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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"African Amber": Everything you ever wanted to know!

Posted on November 21, 2018 by Abe Silverman | 14 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 Abe Silverman | 9 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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We are re-opened!

Posted on September 30, 2017 by Abe Silverman | 1 comment

Wow -- after six months and more contracting problems than you can possibly imagine, S&A Beads is back up and running!  Our new space is just gorgeous -- with almost twice as much room as our old location!  

Our official "sneak peak" pre-opening is October 1, 2017.  We still have a few things to work out -- but our entire staff is so excited to be back and bigger than ever!  After our sneak peak on October 1, we're going to close for another couple of days to finish -- with our grand re-opening on Friday.  After that, we'll have normal hours!

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Beautiful new book about Powered Glass Beads of Africa

Posted on September 30, 2017 by Abe Silverman | 0 comments

Our friend and bead collector-extraordinaire Billy Steinberg has published a gorgeous new coffee-table style book of African powdered glass beads.  This book is chalk full of some of the most beautiful bead pictures we've ever seen and treats these African-made beads as a true art form worthy of study.  

We will have a copy for you to peruse at our grand opening this weekend!  In the meantime, you can order your own copy from Billy directly at Wild Beads of Africa -- you won't regret it!

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