Women’s Beaded Necklaces
If asked to describe our range of women’s bead necklaces we would describe them as; original, handmade, one-off designs. We might add that they are design-led, exotic, daring, bold and authentic. The materials we use include antique trade beads collected in africa and polished gemstone beads. We combine these with amber and silver beads to create unique handcrafted ethnic inspired jewellery. You won’t find our exotic vintage glass bead jewellery for sale on the high-street. We don’t wholesale. We could save money by having them made overseas but prefer to craft each necklace ourself. That way we can be confident of what we’re selling. We refuse to mass produce our jewellery. We make jewellery for individual and that’s why no two designs are the same. We love what we do.
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We pride ourselves on offering sterling silver, antique ethnic and glass bead treasures that are unique. Select the style to suit you and make it your own. Browse our chunky bead necklaces using vintage glass beads. If you prefer, opt for the sophisticated chic of our gemstone necklaces. Make a statement. Our necklaces strive for truly authentic style at affordable prices.
Unique one-off necklace designs
If you are looking for a unique item of jewllery you've come to the right place. Each creation is made with care and attention to detail. Our colourful beaded jewellery and African beaded necklaces are labours of love. No two are the same. So when you buy from African Odyssey you can be confident that no one else will be wearing your necklace.
Antique Beads We Use
We tend to avoid plastic bead or glass beads of recent production. Instead we seek out vintage and antique beads from the bead markets of Africa. Venetian Millefiori beads are a favourite, as are vintage beads of Dutch, Bohemian and Italian manufacture. The important thing is that they are beautiful, well made and in good condition. We love the fact that they have been traded extensively in Africa before coming to us.
Our designer bead necklaces are strung by us from gemstone and vintage glass beads we carefully source and select. Our antique trade beads are collected on buying trips to Africa. The challenge is the match the beads for size and colour. We also use a wide range of precious and semi-precious materials including sterling silver, Tibetan silver (alloy), glass beads, shells, glass and stone.
You won’t find us using plastic beads, preferring instead the quality and depth of colours provided by gemstones and vintage glass beads. We do use bakelite and antique resin or amber beads but apart from those all our bead are metal, stone or glass. Whether your are looking for multi-coloured brilliance or the cool sophistication of an opal bead necklace we think you will agree that our range is exciting and diverse.
New bead necklaces are uploaded on a regular basis. Be sure to check back soon to see our latest additions. Please note- if you can't change the quantity of a product that means it is unique and only one of its kind exists!
Vintage barrel lamp bead necklace with chevron beads.
Faceted carnelian & black onyx necklace
Red egg bead with green chevrons and cobal blue bead ...
Genuine Ethiopian Welo Fire Opal Necklace
Delicate Ethiopian Welo opal necklace
Bronze coill necklace with faux amber and brown and black ...
Faux turquoise and frosted blue glass necklace
Filigree silver focal bead with Venetian trade beads, ...
Ethnic glass bead necklace with Indian coin pendants
Green chevron melon beads with matt onyx necklace
Stylish green chevron, carnelian and jade beaded neckalce
Green jadeite & carnelian gemstone necklace with antique ...
Brighly coloured faced bead pendant with indonesian glasss ...
Faceted labradorite, glass chevron bead & black onyx ...
Black lamp bead with green chevron beads
Lapis Lazuli & Turquoise necklace with silver daisy spacer ...
Long strand of asssorted vintage glasss beads
Matt onyx and carnelian agate gemstone necklace
Green and red agate with Jadeite & millefiori beaded ...
Ethiopian opal necklace from Welo province
Opal necklace form Welo province of Ethiopia
Red carnelian and black onyx bead neckalce
Smoh ruby and matt black onyx bead necklace
Lapis Lazuli and sapphire beaded necklace.
Ethiopian telsum amulet necklace with carnelian and black ...
Antique silver filigree bead with carnelian and onyx ...
Silver, Carnelian and onyx with facted jet bead necklaqce