Welcome to Boston Bead Company!

Products to Inspire You

Boston Bead Company shops are filled with beads and buttons in open stock bins, in vials, and by the strand. Our ever-changing selection usually includes Gemstones, Freshwater Pearls, Czech Glass, Vintage German Glass, Lampwork Glass, Sea Glass, Czech and Japanese Seed Beads,  Cloisonné, Enamel, Ceramics, Wood, Bone, Horn, Nuts and Seeds, Crystal, Vintage Lucite, and African Trade Beads.

Our extensive collection of stringing materials includes precious and plated metal Chain, Leather, Suede, Satin, Ribbon, Silk, Nylon, Waxed Cotton, Waxed Linen, and Hemp by the yard, foot or inch.  We also offer Jewelry Making Findings and Metal Beads and Charms in a wide range of metals from Gold and Sterling Silver to Brass, Copper, Gunmetal, and Pewter. 

To round out the mix we also carry a range of jewelry-making and design tools, books, beading kits and a small selection of ready-made jewelry.  We hope you will explore each section of our shops to discover our extensive collection.

About Us

Boston Bead Company SignA Harvard Square landmark since 1991, with a second shop located in historic Salem, Massachusetts, Boston Bead Company shops are a must-visit for beaders, jewelry designers, and anyone seeking creative inspiration.

Our shops are the premier local source for unique beads, findings and jewelry-making supplies from around the world.  As a small independent business, the atmosphere in our shops is a throwback to an era when service was as important as value. With a careful blend of the modern and tradition, Boston Bead Company offers over 20 years of exceptional service and commitment to quality. 

We hope you will stop in and visit us soon!

Our Locations

Boston Bead Company Cambridge
23 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
617.868.9777
Spring Store Hours
CLOSED Easter Sunday
OPEN Patriot's Day
Mon - Thurs - 11am to 6pm
Fri - 11am to 7pm
Sat - 10am to 7pm
Sun - 12pm to 5pm

Boston Bead Company Salem
10 Front Street
Salem, MA 01970
978.741.2323

Spring Store Hours
CLOSED Easter Sunday
OPEN Patriot's Day
Tu & Wed - 11am to 5pm
Thurs & Fri - 11am to 6pm
Sat - 10:30 to 5:30
Sun - 1pm to 5pm
Closed Monday