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.

Special Events

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Services We Offer

Boston Bead Company shops offer a selection of classes monthly, beading parties, by reservation, for kids, teens, and adults, in-store work tables and tools for customer use, and a full range of jewelry repair services.  We are happy to do bead stringing, pearl stringing, pearl knotting, and most other jewelry repairs that involve beads. 

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
Fall Store Hours
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

Fall Store Hours 
Tu to Sat - 10:30am to 5:30pm
Sun - 1pm to 5pm
Closed Monday
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