UK based suppliers A-D
Here you will find a wealth of UK suppliers both online, mail order, and retail shops. Wholesalers are also included.
Please read members reviews and recommendations remembering this is just an individual's experience.
Info on shipping prices, if the company offers wholesale and types of supplies will be added where possible.
Review: A great site for inspiration for those of us who can't afford to own these beautiful collectible beads.
Online ordering is not available at present, but you can find details of the shops opening hours and much more. The website is rapidly developing so check back regularly.
Stocks a wide range of supplies, tools and more for creating silver art clay jewellery.
Recommendation Smaller company that I use from time to time. Offers very quick service and a good selection. Good if you need smallish quantities of something quick. Good prices on Swarovskis if you aren't buying in bulk.
Review: This site might be a little challenging to navigate, but is worth it as you will find some hidden gems at great prices. Recommendation: The lady that runs it is really friendly and her
products are really good. She regularly gets new and interesting
beads etc in. I personally think the prices are very reasonable and
delivery is quick.
Bead Aura is a family business that opened in March 2005 in Neal's Yard, London. Specialise in beads and components for making
jewellery and accessories.
Review: A bright and clear site full of unusual and funky beads, charms and more.
Review A nice selection of beads and findings including hair accessories". Visitors welcome by appointment only (see site for details).
21st Century Beads caters to retail and wholesale customers via their website and direct through their shop/showroom in Ellesmere Port (between Liverpool and Chester).
A wide range of seed beads, delicas, bugles and more.
This company has a wide selection of project packs for people interested in working with seed beads. Each pack includes clear instructions and postage is included in the price. Recommendation: I bought the Garland Project Pack and a
catalogue. I got my stuff 4 days later and have already made the
necklace & bracelet. The instructions are very clear and easy to
follow. The beads and findings in the catalogue are very reasonably
priced in small or large quantities too.
www.beadsandcrystals.co.uk formerly www.diamantedesigns.com
A wide range of Swarovski beads (in all shapes), buttons, and rhinestones.
A range beads, kits & findings are available online to view by appointment. Beads & jewellery are available on a partyplan basis or at shows & events around East Yorkshire. Childrens & adults beading parties & lessons also available.
See their website for details of their bimonthly open days. Recommendation: They have really nice bead mixes and the service is really quick.
Beads forever do not currently offer online shopping, but visit their site for a full calender of the classes and workshops they run, and more details of their shop in Preston.
Offers an interesting selection of glass, pearl, shell and semi precious gemstone beads. Recommendation: Good value for Toho beads, and glass bead mixes, prompt delivery and great customer service.
Runs workshops and children's parties, as well as supplying a wide range of jewellery making supplies and tools.
Specialising in semi precious
stone beads, freshwater pearls and sterling silver Bali beads & findings you will find a wide range of beautiful beads for your jewellery projects.
Beadsisters is a family business selling a wide variety of Czech, dichroic and Murano glass beads. Bali silver, crystal rondels, plated findings and beading accessories.
The largest, online, UK
based supplier of Greek ceramic beads covered in fine silver, 24K gold,
copper and bronze. Also Bali and Thai silver, Murano, artisan polymer
clay beads and artisan lampwork glass beads from around the world.
www.beadsneeds.co.uk eBay store: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Beads-Needs-UK
Recommendation: A wonderful range of goods and the service is excellent. She delivers fast and if ever there is a problem (rare) it gets sorted out pronto. A very pleasant experience all round.
Review: This easy to navigate site has clear pictures and good descriptions even down to the amount of seed beads per cm. It offers a wide range of glass beads and Swarovski crystal.
You will find a wide range of beads and findings with clear pictures on this easy to navigate site.
Sells both retail and wholesale via their website and shop.
Stocks an extensive range of beads and findings.
A large range of beads in natural materials including wood, bone, coral, nuts, shell etc.
www.beadworks.co.uk and www.beadshop.co.uk
Recommendation A good all round selection. Good on delivery unless you are ordering semi precious stones when it can be a bit slow. Will do wholesale terms on application.
Online supplier of gemstone beads, freshwater pearls and more.
Offers a wide range or supplies and resources both online and in store. Also runs workshops in their Heckmondwike
(West Yorkshire) shop.
Review: This online haberdashery may not have a wide stock of beads, but it has a great range of items that you might find really interesting to use in your jewellery making and other crafts.
www.bellysbride.co.uk eBay store: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/BellysbrideGemz
Stocks a wide range of beads in various different materials.
B for Beads has a wide range of products for your jewellery making needs, including gemstones, freshwater pearls, glass, ceramic, sterling silver, silver plated, platinum plated, Tibetan silver and gold plated plus lovely mixed bead packs for a perfect way to challenge yourself and suited to projects such as charm bracelets, earrings, bookmarks and glass charms.
www.bigbeadlittlebead.comReview: A great site that's really easy to navigate with a great filter
system so you can narrow down to exactly what you are looking for.
Stocks some great, unusual beads and components, and also has some great
features to help you with planning your design and shopping needs.
A range of glass beads, findings and more available in their online store. The also run beading classes in Bath and have a store in Shaftesbury too.
An extensive range of display and packaging products, and a range of jewellery sundries such as labels, U pins, ring sizers etc. Recommendation: A superb company, simply cannot fault them.
Offers a huge selection of freshwater pearls, gemstone beads, Czech crystal beads Mother of Pearl beads & pendants, sterling silver & gold filled findings, tools, threads and storage. Buffy's bead shop in central London is open 7 days a week.
Bunyip has an extensive range of beads, buttons and much more,
available in their Exeter shop, by mail order or online. Workshops and a
mending service are also available.
Recommendation: Stocks a fantastic range of gemstone beads and findings as well as raw crystals, fossils and a ton of other great stuff. No prices on the site as they are wholesale only but the very extensive catalogue is free!
Current ranges include Delicas, Cut Delicas, Rocailles, Bugles, Miyuki cubes and triangles, Miniatures, Czech glass - fire polished facets and seed beads, Charlottes and beading sundries.
Specialises in selling Beadalon brand tools, beading wires and findings. With a wide stock
of products including many hard to find in other shops in the UK.
Stocks a great range of glass beads and some lovely copper beads and findings.
Recommendation: A superb company for sterling silver findings (and gold & platinum!) is Cookson Gold. They are a 'proper' jewellers' company but their prices are very reasonable and they have a very wide stock. They have about a dozen different sterling silver earwires alone! They have no minimum order on their website.
This site is a general crafts site, but has some good value basic beads and jewellery making products. Best prices are available when ordering small wholesale quantities, useful if you run craft groups. Full catalogue now available online.
Find a wide range of beads, pendants findings and more available to see and purchase over the counter and online. Wholesale and retail available.
The site offers an absolutely huge selection of Swarovski crystal beads, pendants, pearls and Swarovski rhinestone roundelles.
Offers a wide selection of beads findings, tools and more.
Offers a nice range of firepolished and pressed glass Czech beads, lampwork beads, and findings. Review: A nice feature of the site is that you can search by colour.
Deborah Beads has an extensive range of beads and findings in their shop just 5 minutes from the centre of Colchester. Online ordering is not currently available but you can find details of lessons held at the shop for all abilities, including tiara making as well as directions and full contact deatils.
Offers a sellection of beautiful unique Semi-Precious stone cabochons for jewellers, craftspeople and collectors.