Online Bead Stores

July 16th, 2010

I promised Tammy Cardwell that I would send her links to some of my favorite online bead shops. I decided to post the list here.

Beadaholique Certain findings are cheaper here and they have interesting vintage stuff and always check the clearance.

Art Beads Weekly specials and sales via email newsletter are usually good. They have some fabulous stuff and the ability to buy beads one at a time.

A Beadstore This is where I get Preciosa crystal, but only when they put it on sale.

AHBeads – Lots of lampwork here, and they’ve been running it at 50% off for a while now. Definitely buy sale beads only. Lots to choose from.

Bali Beads – source direct from Indonesia for sterling Bali beads.

EEBeads – Lots of different things. Always check to see if they have something different. Trunk shows are usually interesting stuff.

Fire Mountain Gems – Lots of stuff. Great for findings and lower grade gemstones. Discount increases as you buy more things. Terrific place for glass beads.

BeadsOnSale – I get some of my tastiest gemstones here. You’ll pay more here, but very high quality and low cost for the quality. What they have in stock changes as they sell stuff. No guarantees that something will ever be stocked again. I love their jasper and their pendants. Click on their link to their wholesale site, where you can get lower grade but less expensive gemstones.

I also buy from various shops at Etsy and eBay.

Avoid Tibetan silver. This is not really silver and it comes out of China. You can’t guarantee the lead content in it, even though it’s sold as within lead laws. I just don’t trust that. You’ll find it on Etsy and eBay. If you really like something in that metal, you can always lead test it yourself. They sell kits at Home Depot.

I get all my storage bins at WalMart. They have one that has 32 compartments and each compartment seals when the lid closes so beads don’t travel from one compartment to another if they get jostled in the container.

I buy my wire from FireMountain.

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