Sources for beads of all kinds, from gemstones to crystals. I have included a brief note after each listing indicating the major specialties of each vendor.
Being listed on this site is not an endorsement of any supplier; research before purchasing by reading the reviews here on this site and talking to other jewelry designers. See the “General” section as well for more bead sources.
A Cut Above on Ebay – faceted gem beads
Beadaholique – Beadaholique has always had a talent for offering the unusual or hard to find, and they disclose the content and treatments (dying etc.) of their beads honestly – they missed a few but do a good job overall. Check out their vintage glass cabochons! Prices and shipping are great.
Beadsonsale – gemstone beads, faceted gem beads
Bluemud.com – Swarovski crystals, sterling silver beads, copper beads
CGM Beads – gemstone beads, mainly the faceted gem type
Colbaugh Processing – Kingman turquoise from the source, also the origin of the (heavily processed and dyed) Mojave green and purple turquoise
DakotaStones – Some very pretty gemstone beads with lots of colored or otherwise enhanced stones. They DO NOT disclose most dying and other treatments, be sure you know what you are buying and do your research. Don’t assume the stones on this site are all natural.
DichroBeads – dichroic seed beads
Eastern Findings – raw brass and plated findings, settings, and chain. Limited sterling and gold selection.
Eloxite – a variety of mostly gemstone beads and other interesting items.
EurekaEureka – vintage and rare beads of all types
Happy Mango Beads – Ethnic, tribal, recycled glass, and trade beads
INM Crystal – Swarovski crystals, alphabet beads, Preciosa crystal
Jewelweaver – gemstone beads
June Jewels – turquoise, spiney oyster, and coral beads. Real and fairly priced.
Keweenaw Gem and Gift – Michigan gemstone beads including epidote, kona dolomite, Lake Superior agate, and Petoskey stone (fossilized coral). Full retail pricing.
Limabeads – gemstone beads, small selection copper, pewter, and brass beads
Little Appleton – Australia based bead seller.
LQGemworks – gemstone beads, faceted gem beads
Mimi’s Gems – Swarovski, TierraCast pewter, customizable clasps, some beautiful and unusual carved glass leaves
Pearl Goddess – King’s Ransom pearls doesn’t have online ordering or prices, but they look like a good source for a wide variety of pearls
Shiana – fair trade fine silver beads and findings
Shipwreck Beads – Czech glass and similar beads, huge selection.
SoulOfSomanya – Krobo powdered recycled glass beads from Africa
Stachura Wholesale – Gemstone beads, faceted gem beads, pearls
The Earth Bazaar – fine faceted gem beads
The Gem Shop – Unique gemstone beads and pendants, mostly agates and jaspers. Great beads for rockhounds!
Thomason Stone Supply – wide variety of gemstone beads including genuine turquoise.
Turquoise Beads – turquoise and many other gemstone beads
Turquoise Magpie – gemstone beads, big hole beads
Twinklehut – Thai hill tribe silver beads, faceted gem beads, pearls