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Welcome to Bead Paradise

We are dedicated to helping you find the most rare and unique beads available. We have an ever-growing stock of ancient, antique, and vintage beads from all over the world, as well as unusual gemstones and metals that blend beautifully with the rare beads for which we are best known.


Bead Paradise can best be described as a treasure trove of beads and jewelry, hand picked and unearthed by Ruth Aschaffenburg. Ruth has been an avid jewelry designer for over 40 years, and has owned and operated Bead Paradise since 1987. By far, her greatest passion is the hunt for beads and information about their history. Her enthusiasm is infectious! In Ruth's travels throughout the world, she has always been drawn toward traditional jewelry, art and fashion, primarily focusing on African, Asian, and Middle Eastern components such as African trade beads, old Amber, antique Coral, ancient Roman glass, and antique coin silver and brass.

We also specialize in vintage German, Japanese and Venetian glass beads. The beauty and value of these rare beads and components is not only to be appreciated in your jewelry designs; these precious beads are also collectible and tell many stories about their previous owners.

We hope you enjoy browsing through our handpicked selection of beads from around the world. We list new items constantly, so be sure to check our site often.

If you find yourself in the lovely college town of Oberlin, Ohio, our store is located in the historic downtown area, across the street from Tappan Square. Our address and phone number are below. You can check our FAQ page for more information, and please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Visit our Store: 29 West College Street, Oberlin, OH 44074
Give us a call: (440) 775-2233