If you are a jewelry maker and want to buy wholesale beads online then you have a great opportunity to get materials that were once only available in specialized stores in big cities. In addition, you don’t have to travel around the world to locate exotic sources of beads; everything you need is right online and you can buy your beads at wholesale prices.
There are several categories that are popular and are supplied by most online wholesale bead suppliers. Let’s look at the most popular categories
Bali Silver Beads
The Island of Bali, in Indonesia is renowned for its fine silver jewelry. The jewelry of Bali is distinctive due a technique known as granulation. The Bali jewelers use small balls of silver arranged in patterns on a silver background.
If you are making your jewelry you can choose from Bali Silver beads such as large, small, toggles, chains, caps, cones and spacers.
Copper is one of the oldest metals used in jewelry and the online wholesale bead shops usually have a good selection to choose from. As with the Bali silver beads, you can buy small beads, large beads, toggles, caps cones and spacers.
Czech Glass Beads
The use of glass beads in jewelry dates back to ancient times (Egyptian, Roman and beyond). Today the most popular glass beads are manufactured in the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic. The Bohemian beads are press and molded and come in great variety of colors, sizes and shapes.
Preciosa Crystal Beads
Preciosa is a branded Czech bead that is highly sought after by jewelers and collectors. It comes in a wide variety of shapes, and most bead wholesalers usually offer a big choice in this category.
The oldest human jewelry was shell jewelry dating back 100, 000 years and possibly more. You can buy a large variety wholesale shell beads online. Black mother of pearl is particularly popular at this moment
Semi Precious Stones and Beads
The possibilities are enormous when it comes to semi precious gemstones in the form of beads. Popular materials include amethyst, turquoise, lapis, tourmaline, opal, quartz and malachite.
For those who like an organic look and feel, wood beads are an ideal choice. Wood can be used for macramé or for children’s jewelry.
If you are truly interested to buy wholesale beads then you usually have to open a user-account online with wholesale bead website, as the wholesale suppliers do not want to be bogged down with hobbyists buying just a few for personal use. It is worth signing up as you will then be able to get the current prices and also be notified about new offerings.