The Curious Bead Company

Pat Simon Plus

  • United Kingdom

“Wearable collections of beads from Africa and beyond”

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All items by The Curious Bead Company

  • key ring with vintage antiqued enamel pendant and African glass beads

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  • Bead necklace with recycled brass and glass beads and handmade clasp from Ghana

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  • Unisex glass bead necklace with African recycled glass beads and lapis lazuli

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  • Unisex  beaded necklace with African and Nepalese beads

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  • Bright bead necklace with red glass beads, Nepalese chevron beads and others

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  • blue bead necklace, interesting wearable collection of vintage beads

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

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  • Unusual man's bead bracelet with new brass and old African trade beads

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  • African surfer necklace on cord with fertility pendant and giant Nepalese beads,

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  • Surfer's bead necklace with chunky beads from Ghana and the Himalayas

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  • Adjustable bead bracelet, rare old trade bead and carved Nepalese prayer beads

    Adjustable bead bracelet, r...

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  • Beaded Earrings with small, rare antique millefiori trade beads

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  • Elegant blue bead bracelet of vintage millefiori and French jet beads

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  • Bead necklace with Murano glass vintage millefori beads in black and red

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    £65.00 1 in stock

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  • Bead bracelet with a collection of vintage glass beads

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

    Adjustable bead bracelet wi...

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    £23.00 1 in stock

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  • Chunky bead necklace with large Nepalese and recycled brass beads from Ghana

    Chunky bead necklace with l...

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    £45.00 1 in stock

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  • Beaded necklace,rare antique Venetian trade and new African recycled glass beads

    Beaded necklace,rare antiqu...

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

    African recycled bottle bea...

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  • Unusual Bead necklace with glass, brass and bone beads from Ghana

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  • Bead necklace with recycled bottle glass and brass beads from Africa and Nepal

    Bead necklace with recycled...

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  • Unisex mixed bead necklace with beads from around the world

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  • Surfer bead necklace with old and new beads from Africa and Nepal

    Surfer bead necklace with o...

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

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    £45.00 1 in stock

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  • Mans bead bracelet, rare antique trade beads and handmade brass beads from Ghana

    Mans bead bracelet, rare an...

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  • Earrings with rare, delicate, antique Venetian millefiori trade beads

    Earrings with rare, delicat...

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

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  • Rare antique trade bead earrings

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  • Unique designer antique trade bead earrings

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  • Beaded necklacklace with red patterned beads from Nepal and clay beads from Mali

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  • Elegant 8" beaded bracelet of vintage millefiori and French jet beads

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  • 40 years anniversary key ring with 1980 crown coin and wedding cake glass bead

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  • Blue beaded necklace with chunky African glass and clay beads

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  • Chunky beaded necklace with unusual beads from African and Nepal

    Chunky beaded necklace with...

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  • Man's bead  bracelet with black African beads and rare trade beads

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    £65.00 1 in stock

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  • Tribal unisex bead necklace in grey, green and black.

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  • Cook's keyring with vintage metal Canteen tag, key and large beads

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  • Key ring with a fossil pendant (orthoceras)

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  • Key ring with vintage flower pendant and brass bead from Ghana

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  • Chunky bead bracelet with antique African trade beads and new Ghana brass beads

    Chunky bead bracelet with a...

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  • Unusual  African bead necklace with turquoise,white and terracotta beads

    Unusual African bead neckl...

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  • African bead mix necklace with small multicoloured beads

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  • Antique trade beads necklace with new African glass beads and handmade clasp

    Antique trade beads necklac...

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  • Beaded necklace with a collection of blue and turquoise beads

    Beaded necklace with a coll...

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  • Keyring with 1932 penny and African glass beads

    Keyring with 1932 penny and...

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  • Antique trade bead necklace with blue Indian and brass African beads

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  • Keyring with vintage dangly bits

    Keyring with vintage dangly...

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  • Recycled glass bead necklace with vintage beads from the Himalayas and Africa

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    £38.00 1 in stock

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  • Keyring with a vintage enamel pendant and a bead of recycled glass

    Keyring with a vintage enam...

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  • African Krobo beads necklace

    African Krobo beads necklace

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    £28.00 1 in stock

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  • Key ring with vintage pendant and millefiori glass bead

    Key ring with vintage penda...

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  • Keyring with vintage painted flower

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  • Key ring with an amethyst pendant.  (Believed to help relieve stress.)

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  • key ring with a gemstone pendant and African beads

    key ring with a gemstone pe...

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  • Key ring with vintage lilac flower pendant and glass beads

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  • Keyring with 1962 old penny and turquoise beads

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  • African bead necklace with recycled bottle glass beads

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    £19.50 1 in stock

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  • Matching set of chunky African beads in necklace and bracelet of a larger size

    Matching set of chunky Afri...

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    £85.00 1 in stock

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  • Chunky bead necklace with African agate, glass and brass beads

    Chunky bead necklace with A...

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    £35.00 1 in stock

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  • Bead earrings,North African style with vintage handpainted antiqued enamel beads

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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!