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New Items!

So today we posted about a dozen new items, including some beautiful fancy Venetian trade beads and some absolutely gorgeous Kyanite beads!       Much more to come in the near future!!!


Beaded House!

It's hard for me to imagine completing even the simplest Peyote stitch bracelet -- so imagine my shock at seeing this art installation from artist Liza Lou.  30 million beads!   http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/liza-lou-kitchen Just amazing!  


New drop-down catalog menu - yea or nay?

So this morning I added an automated drop-down menu on the "catalog" link at the top of the page.  I'd love to hear feedback about whether this improves the usability of the site or whether you (our loyal customers) find...


Countdown to the New Opening @ 235 Carroll Street in Mid-August!

New space.... Check!  Building permits.... Check!  Construction...  Starts tomorrow!   We are totally excited to let everyone know that our new space is under construction!  We have more beads, more gifts, more gem stones when we open Mid-August!   Our...


The Smithsonian Museum's New African Bead Website!

Our favorite web site of the Week: BEADED SPLENDOR: Migration of Beadmaking and Beadwork Throughout Africa This website has fabulous information about African bead work, both past and present. Photos are great but few.  You can see many of the beads...


Beadstore.com is Temporarily Closed!

All -- our beads are packed and getting ready for the move into the new store at 235B Carroll Avenue, Northwest, Washington DC! Of course, this means that all of our beads are packed and so we will not be...


First Post

Welcome to the new online home of Beadstore.com!  Beadstore.com is the webpage and catalog of S&A Beads, located in Takoma Park, Maryland (just outside of Washington, D.C.).  We are a full-service, family owned, retail bead store specializing in great service...


Introduce yourself -- Comments are now Enabled!

Okay - so I confess, I didn't realize we could actually have comments enabled with our new web site technology.  But apparently there was just a button I forgot to press!  So anyway, have at it!  I'd love to meet...


New Classes Posted Online!

Our fabulous cadre of teaches has posted another exciting summer of beading classes!  All levels, from beginners to experts are welcome to come in, use our tools and space to create wonderful new projects.  As we like to say, "Beading...


Store Closed for July 4th Holiday

Happy Fourth of July from all of us at Beadstore.com!  Our Takoma Park, MD store will be closed in celebration of the 4th, but we've put together a selection of our favorite Red, White and Blue items, as well as...


African Beads

Dedicated to beads made on the African continent.   Sand Cast Beads Metal Beads Sea Glass Beads   Organic Materials (Seed Pods, Wood, Horn & Shells) Coral, Amber, and Stone Beads 


New Site Shakedown -- Feedback Requested!

Hey everyone -- we are on day three of the new website!  I very much appreciate everyone that's come by to check out the new site.  We've also noticed a few problems -- rest assured, we are doing our best...


About Us

Our Store We are located at 235 Carroll Street, in Washington, DC.  After a six-month renovation, we are re-opening at our new space on October 1, 2017!   Our new store is approximately twice the size of our old space,...


$100 Welcome to our New Site Raffle!

Welcome to S&A Beads' new electronic arm at Beadstore.com!  In order to thank everyone for visiting us, we are raffling off a $100 gift certificate to a lucky customer on our mailing list as of August 15!  You can join...


Beautiful new book about Powered Glass Beads of Africa

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...


We are re-opened!

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...


Full Catalog

  African Beads      African Trade Beads Ancient Beads Artisan Handmade Beads  Beaded Art & Jewelry   Beading Craft Classes at S&A Beads Bone and Horn Beads Charms & Embellishments Findings, Tools, & Books Finished Ready-to-Wear Jewelry Glass & Crystal Beads Our...


S&A Beads is Moving!

After 20+ years at our home base on Laurel Avenue in Takoma Park, S&A Beads is moving across the boundary between the City of Takoma Park, MD to the Takoma neighborhood in the District of Columbia. Our new home is...


Stone Semi-Precious Beads

  VIEW ALL STONE BEADS!   Abalone Beads   Agate Beads Amber Beads Amethyst Beads Carnelian Beads Coral Beads Fluorite Beads Fresh Water Pearl Beads Garnet Beads Goldstone & Blue Goldstone Beads   Hematite Beads Howlite Beads Jasper Stone Beads...


Charms & Embellishments from Beadstore.com!

Beadstore.com has over 500 different charms, divided up into about a dozen different categories!   Activities Charms Animal Charms Beverage CharmsBone Charms & Pendants Building Charms Cats & Dog Charms Celestial Charms Ceramic Beads/Charms Clothing Charms Electronics & Computer Charms Food & Cooking Charms Holiday & Religious Charms Home & Garden Charms Love-Themed Charms Makeup...


Amazing Trade Bead Reference Website

Dedicated collectors of African trade beads have often seen references to the legendary J.F. Sick & Company collection.  J.F. Sick was one of the major wholesalers of European beads that ended up being traded in Africa.  The company put together...


Bead Display Ideas

If any of you are like me, you are always on the lookout for clever ways to display your beads.  Type trays, plastic fishing tackle boxes -- you name it.  Is there anything we haven't all tried at one point...


Ancient Egyptian Beads in ... Scandinavia!?!

We at S&A Beads are always proud to be in one of the world's most ancient professions -- the bead business, of course!  And in that spirit, we pass along this fabulously fascinating article about modern archaeological digs in Denmark,...


Ordering & Shipping Policies

Ordering Policies Free on U.S. Orders over $35: Domestic shipping is free of charge for any order over $35.00. Any order under $35.00 will be charged $3.50 for first class. International shipments will be charged $20. Any duty charges are paid...


Cowrie Shells as Currency!

Just in from the New York Times Sunday Magazine -- a discussion of the history of currency!  Cowrie Shells and Wampum feature prominently:  http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/magazine/2013/innovations-issue/#/?part=currency From the article: Cowrie shells “have been used as money for at least as long, and...


Naomi Lindstrom

Naomi Lindstrom was one of the great bead collectors of the 20th century.  She passed away a few years ago after amassing one of the finest bead collections in history.  Her personal story is just wonderful -- working as a...


Two Bead Exhibits at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, New York!

I had the great pleasure to visiting the Rubin Museum of Art this weekend in southern Manhattan. This beautiful space always has stunning exhibits, but the beads this time are amazing.  There is a fabulous exhibit of Naga artifacts, including numerous beads...


Our Tribute to the Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decision!

Only in Takoma Park, MD do merchants festoon their shop windows with commentary on judicial decisions. S & A Beads (www.beadstore.com) has composed a beaded tribute to the Supreme Court June 26 marriage equality decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, in its...


Version 2.0 Catalog

African Trade Beads African-made Beads Sand Cast Beads (a.k.a. Powdered Glass) Brass "Lost Wax" Beads Coral, Amber and Stone Beads Metal Beads Organic Materials (Seed Pods, Wood, Horn, and Shell)   Ancient Beads from Africa & the Middle East  ...


Mathematically-Inspired Fashion Jewelry by L.S. Watson on Display at S&A Beads!

As part of our participation in the Takoma Park ART HOP 2016, this weekend, April 9 and 10th, S & A Beads will feature jewelry artist and math whiz, L.S. Watson. His elegant silver, bronze and copper jewelry faithfully represents three...


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. If I don't see what I want, what should I do?         ANSWER: Send us an email at orders@beadstore.com and describe what you want. We'll see if we have it. Or call our store at 301-891-2323, between 11:00 am...


Beading Classes at S&A Beads!

Jewelry Craft Classes at S&A BeadsWe offer a wide variety of jewelry-making classes that are sure to be fun and inspiring regardless of your previous training in jewelry-making. Participants range in age from 9 to 90, and come to class...