The Curious Bead Company

“Wearable collections of beads from Africa and beyond”

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  • African bead necklace with old and new beads, some very rare.

    African bead necklace with ...

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    £65.00 £55.00 (15% off)

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  • Necklace with antique Venetian trade and new African glass beads

    Necklace with antique Venet...

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    £55.00 £44.00 (20% off)

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  • African recycled bottle beads and rare antique millefiori trade beads necklace

    African recycled bottle bea...

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    £65.00

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  • Unisex cord necklace with beads from around the world

    Unisex cord necklace with b...

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    £18.50 £9.25 (50% off)

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  • Mans bead choker necklace with rare antique trade beads and handmade brass beads

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    £45.00

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  • Adjustable bead bracelet with rare antique trade beads and prayer beads

    Adjustable bead bracelet wi...

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    £40.00

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  • Chunky beaded earrings with face beads from Nepal and Africa

    Chunky beaded earrings with...

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    £15.00 £8.50 (43% off)

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  • Cord necklace with large beads from Nepal and West Africa

    Cord necklace with large be...

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    £19.50 £9.75 (50% off)

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  • African recycled glass bead necklace in turquoise, off white and brown

    African recycled glass bead...

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    £38.00

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  • 10 blue and yellow African tube beads of recycled glass approx 1.75 - 2cm long

    10 blue and yellow African ...

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    £2.50

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  • 5 black and white ethnic style clay tube beads, approx 2.5cm long

    5 black and white ethnic st...

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    £1.95

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  • 10 African round beads of recycled glass 13 - 15 mm, clear mottled with orange

    10 African round beads of r...

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    £2.50

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  • 10 green and yellow African tube beads of recycled glass approx 1.75 - 2cm long

    10 green and yellow African...

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    £2.50

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  • African recycled glass disc beads, golden yellow

    African recycled glass disc...

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    £12.00

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  • African recycled glass disc beads, golden yellow, 10mm

    African recycled glass disc...

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    £12.00

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  • 50 opaque African recycled glass tube beads,

    50 opaque African recycled ...

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    £3.50

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  • Unisex chunky cord necklace with African brass lizard pendant

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    £35.00 £28.00 (20% off)

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  • 27" Bead Collection Necklace with global antique, vintage and modern beads

    27" Bead Collection Necklac...

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    £55.00

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  • Bead Collection Necklace with antique, vintage and modern beads

    Bead Collection Necklace wi...

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    £40.00

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  • Mans bracelet with antique trade beads from Venice and African recycled glass

    Mans bracelet with antique ...

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    £55.00

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  • Blue bracelet with rare old trade beads and lapis lazuli

    Blue bracelet with rare old...

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    £32.00

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  • Man's adjustable bead bracelet with new and old African beads, blue and opaque

    Man's adjustable bead brace...

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    £25.00

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  • Bracelet with rare old trade beads in Stars and Stripes pattern with lapis lazul

    Bracelet with rare old trad...

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    £36.50

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  • Man's bracelet with 5 rare old African trade beads, brass and ebony beads

    Man's bracelet with 5 rare ...

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    £42.00

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  • Mans bracelet with rare Venetian African trade beads and beads from West Africa

    Mans bracelet with rare Ven...

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    £48.00

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  • Man's or large bracelet with rare antique trade beads, vintage face beads

    Man's or large bracelet wit...

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    £46.00

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  • Red bracelet with a rare antique Venetian African glass trade bead

    Red bracelet with a rare an...

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    £25.00

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  • Red and black bracelet with a rare Venetian African glass trade bead

    Red and black bracelet with...

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    £25.00

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  • Cord bracelet with prayer beads and a large African brass bead

    Cord bracelet with prayer b...

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    £14.95

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  • Blue and turquoise glass beaded necklace, chunky African glass and brass beads

    Blue and turquoise glass be...

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    £55.00

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  • Cord necklace with African and Nepalese beads for men or women

    Cord necklace with African ...

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    £14.95

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  • African sand glass bead bracelet,

    African sand glass bead bra...

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    £12.50

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  • Cord necklace with rare old trade beads and African beads

    Cord necklace with rare old...

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    £35.00 £25.00 (29% off)

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  • Man's 7" handmade beads bracelet with chunky beads from Africa

    Man's 7" handmade beads bra...

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    £15.00 £9.95 (34% off)

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  •  Necklace with vintage chevron trade beads and African brass

    Necklace with vintage chev...

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    £48.00 £33.50 (30% off)

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  • stretchy turquoise and blue bracelet with collection of unusual vintage beads

    stretchy turquoise and blue...

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    £19.50

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  • Necklace with an African brass charm and prayer beads from Tibet

    Necklace with an African br...

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    £35.00 £28.00 (20% off)

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  • Adjustable bead bracelet with rare antique trade beads and African brass beads

    Adjustable bead bracelet wi...

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    £23.00

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  • Antique Venetian trade beads from Africa threaded in a new necklace

    Antique Venetian trade bead...

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    £35.00

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  • Red and black bracelet with vintage millefiori beads

    Red and black bracelet with...

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    £13.50

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  • African bead necklace with old and new brass and recycled glass beads, unisex.

    African bead necklace with ...

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    £38.00

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  • Bead necklace with large African handmade recycled glass and brass beads.

    Bead necklace with large Af...

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    £48.00

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  • Antique Venetian trade beads necklace with bone and red marl beads Extendable

    Antique Venetian trade bead...

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    £35.00

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  • Unisex cord necklace with giant African bronze centre bead

    Unisex cord necklace with g...

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    £18.50 £12.50 (32% off)

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  • African bead necklace with recycled bottle glass and brass  beads

    African bead necklace with ...

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    £35.00

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  • Adjustable cord bracelet with rare antique trade beads and silvertone beads

    Adjustable cord bracelet wi...

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    £21.00

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  • Cord necklace with antique Venetian trade beads  for men or women

    Cord necklace with antique ...

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    £23.00

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  • Cord necklace with giant yellow trade bead for men or women

    Cord necklace with giant ye...

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    £21.50

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  • A cord necklace with giant black and red trade bead for men or women

    A cord necklace with giant ...

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    £18.50

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  • millefiori bead necklace with vintage and modern beads

    millefiori bead necklace wi...

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    £38.00 £30.40 (20% off)

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  • A millefiori glass bead necklace with African beads of recycled brass

    A millefiori glass bead nec...

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    £45.00

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  • Necklace with vintage agate and blue lustre beads

    Necklace with vintage agate...

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    £38.00 £19.00 (50% off)

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  • Necklace with vintage white agate and pale green beads

    Necklace with vintage white...

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    £38.00 £19.00 (50% off)

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  • Necklace with a large blue millefiori African trade beads

    Necklace with a large blue ...

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    £38.00 £25.00 (34% off)

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  • A unisex cord necklace with giant old African trade bead

    A unisex cord necklace with...

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    £18.50 £9.25 (50% off)

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  • Black and yellow necklace with African trade beads

    Black and yellow necklace w...

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    £45.00 £30.00 (33% off)

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  • Paper bead earrings, made from old road map and marbled paper

    Paper bead earrings, made f...

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    £7.95

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  • Key ring with handmade African recycled brass pendant and bead

    Key ring with handmade Afri...

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    £15.00

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  • Keyring with a vintage pendant and real turquoise beads

    Keyring with a vintage pend...

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    £15.00 £12.50 (17% off)

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  • Unisex adjustable bead bracelet with African beads,

    Unisex adjustable bead brac...

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    £13.50 £10.00 (26% off)

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About The Curious Bead Company

The Curious Bead Company

I make jewellery using vintage and antique beads from around the world, especially Africa.

I began collecting beads on my travels through Africa many years ago. I was fascinated by the unusual colours and textures of the local beads and wanted to know more. Then I discovered the Venetian trade beads that were sent out to Africa from the late 1800s to the early 1900s and used as currency. These beads are becoming increasingly rare and usually bear the scars of their age and extensive travels. I don't mind that. I see it as a part of their history and like to wonder how many times they have changed hands and where they have spent time before they came to me. One of the joys of putting the jewellery together is in knowing that these beautiful little treasures are being recylced and starting a new chapter in their lives. Where will they go next?
When you choose a piece of jewellery from the Curious Bead Company, you are buying little pieces of history and they are yours to enjoy until you pass them on. Take good care of them - they are precious!

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