African Trade Beads bringing you the riches of Africa in todays modern jewellery creations
Packaging and Display Options
African Trade Beads offers various display units together with volume purchases of goods. This includes keyring, necklace and bracelet displays made of hard Kiaat wood and stained in natural colours.
This attractive key ring or small bracelet display unit is compact and able to rotate a full 360 degrees for ease of use.
Display Unit for Chunky Bracelets
All products can be supplied with with optional printed black and gold labels. Please see the necklace section for our necklace display unit.
MY STORY IN AFRICA
I first came to South Africa in 1996 while travelling around the world. The year before I had just finished my pilots license and I instantly fell in love with the open, wild spaces and sense of opportunity in the country.
As I journeyed and flew throughout Africa, I came to appreciate the workmanship of hand-made goods and would seek far-off places to visit and buy products.
Tamiko Sher - Tau Pan Lodge airstrip, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana.
AFRICAN TRADE BEADS began with the appreciation and love I developed for the cultural significance and beauty of hand-crafted beads of Africa. Most beads are still made using the same methods as in ancient times.
The fascination of beads lies not only in their ancient history, but also their limited availability. Many of our necklaces and bracelets are one-off items and cannot be repeated. Our products are made by hand and help provide income to people living in townships around Johannesburg .
Today I still fly throughout Southern Africa seeking the unusual, and work with traders from Africa who bring beautiful beads to South Africa. We hope you will enjoy our products as much as we enjoy finding the beads and making them.
To learn more about our staff, please see below, or contact us
Bridgert Maheso and Zandile Mhlungu come from Ivory Park, Tembisa townships near Johannesburg. They sing on Sundays in their local church choir, and make jewellery for African Trade Beads.
Staff member Caroline Setepele Malebati.
African Trade Beads bringing you the riches of Africa in todays modern creations