Here we will be hosting articles and essays related to beading and jewelry making.  If you have an article you would like to submit for publication on this site please send it by email to our webmaster.

Here is our inaugural piece reprinted with the kind permission of Wanda Haber-Kucharsky.  She specializes in making jewelry using African beads.  To see some of her work please check out her web-site.  Her article is about Ghanaian powder glass beads and how they are made - Powder Glass Beads from Ghana.

Here is some interesting insight into San beadwork kindly contributed by Barbara Palmer - Metaphor, Rhythm and Vision in San Beadwork.

We have recently been given permission by The Bead Museum to reprint some of the vast research done on beads by Peter Francis Jr.  His work originally appeared on his web site and was given to The Bead Museum upon his death in 2002.  We will be reproducing as much of his work as possible in an attempt to disseminate this important work to as wide an audience as possible.

We are beginning with a series of articles he wrote about Ancient Beads.

Bead Revolutions: The Role of Beads in Technological Change

The Bead Trade in the Indian Ocean, with Special Reference to Berenike, Egypt and the Indian Ocean Trade in - 3 Parts

Beadmaking ad hoc in Mexico

Beads' Role in Human Development

Chinese Glass Beads: New Evidence

Etched Beads dZi Beads

Seals as Beads

World Beads

The Beads of Bohemia

The Bead Trade Around the World

Blown Glass Beads

Bangles and Marriage

Glass Beads Made in Africa

St. Catherine's Georgia - 17th Century Spanish Mission

Natural Beads

The Deadly Bead

A Holy Bead Plant

The Most Worn Bead Plant

Plants to Weigh Beads

A Sacred Bead Plant

Super Plant Beads


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Welcome to Elegant Notions.  We specialize in the sales of beads and jewelry items.  We have the best prices anywhere.  Most of our items sell for less than wholesale and we offer them at retail quantities.  Among our bead offerings we have African Beads, Bone Beads, Copper Beads, Brass Beads, Silver Beads, Bali Silver, Crystal Beads, Swarovski Beads, Swarovski Crystal, Fiber Optic Beads, Cat’s Eye Beads, Glass Beads, Porcelain Beads, Semiprecious Beads, Semi-precious Beads, Shell Beads, Coral Beads, Mother of Pearl Beads, Bead Assortments, Assorted Beads, Atlas Beads, Aztec Beads, Colored Core Beads, Crackle Glass Beads, Cross Beads, Czech Beads, Czech Glass Beads, Czech Crystal Beads, Iris Glass Beads, Mirror Finished Beads, Kanji Beads, Lamp Work Beads, Lampwork Beads, Marbled Beads, Marbled Glass Beads, Rainbow Beads, Satin Beads, Tube Beads, Two Colored Beads, Turquoise Beads, African Turquoise Beads, Agate Beads, Amethyst, Agate Beads, Turquoise Beads, Amethyst Beads, Aventurine, Aventurine Beads, Carnelian, Carnelian Beads, Chinese Turquoise, Chinese Turquoise Beads, Citrine, Citrine Beads, Fluorite, Fluorite Beads, Garnet. Garnet Beads, Goldstone, Gold Stone, Goldstone Beads, Gold Stone Beads, Howlite, Howlite Beads, Jasper, Jasper Beads, Labradorite, Labradorite Beads, Lapis Lazuli, Lapis Lazuli Beads, Malachite, Malachite Beads, Moonstone, Moonstone Beads, Obsidian, Obsidian Beads, Peridot, Peridot Beads, Quartz, Quartz Beads, Rhyolite, Rhyolite Beads, Tigereye, Tiger Eye, Tigereye Beads, Tiger Eye Beads, Topaz, Topaz Beads, Tourmaline, Tourmaline Beads, Yellow Turquoise, Yellow Turquoise Beads.

We also sell Bells, Brass Bells, Brass Windchimes, Crystals, Dichroic Glass, Dichroic Glass Bracelets, Dichroic Glass Cabochons, Dichroic Glass Pendants, Dichroic Glass Necklaces, Dichroic Glass Pins, Other Necklaces, Semiprecious Necklaces, Semiprecious Jewelry Sets, Semiprecious Pendants, Watches, Silver & Turquoise Pendants, Other Bracelets, Earrings, Swarovski Crystal Bracelets.

We are the best source for cheap beads at wholesale prices.  We have the lowest prices on handmade jewelry and jewelry findings.

We also have a new line of beaded crafts and beaded gifts.  We have beaded fan pulls, beaded light pulls, beaded lamp pulls, beaded windchimes, beaded wind chimes, beaded suncatchers, beaded sun catchers, beaded witches balls, beaded hummingbird feeders, beaded blown glass, beaded friendship balls, beaded bells, beaded planters, beaded bird feeders, beaded candle holders, beaded cloisonné figurines, beaded gazing balls, beaded crackle balls, beaded Glass Eye Studio glassware, beaded angels, beaded stained glass, beaded crystals and  beaded ceramic hearts.