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Bead Paradise is a wonder to behold!


We are nestled in the historic downtown area in the beautiful college town of Oberlin, Ohio. Although we are best known for our incredible selection of beads from around the world, Bead Paradise has much more to offer. Our store also carries contemporary women’s clothing, home accessories, and natural health and beauty products. We truly have something for everyone.

Whether you’re an experienced jeweler, a new beader, or just wandering down our lovely street, Bead Paradise is a must see. We have one of the broadest selections of beads, findings, tools, and stringing materials available. We specialize in merging contemporary beads with vintage, antique, and ancient components, all in one magnificent store. We carry an extensive array of semi-precious and precious gemstones, Swarovski crystal, Japanese and Czech seed beads, sterling silver components, and antique brass, just to name a few. Bead Paradise has a strong focus on antique glass beads from the African Bead Trade, old metals from India, Afghanistan and Yemen, and ancient stones from throughout the world. With shelves, drawers, and cases chock-full of fabulous beads, you’re sure to find the perfect beads for you! And with over 25 years of customer service experience, our staff is friendly and knowledgeable. We are dedicated to helping you with your projects, from locating the perfect bead to helpful design tips and techniques.


 We also have an amazing clothing department with a focus on contemporary, casual, and professional apparel for women size 2 to 2X. Many of the brands we carry are small designer labels who manufacture their clothing in the United States. Our clothing has a broad range of styles and price points, with labels such as Cut Loose, Eileen Fisher, Comfy USA, and Tianello. We also have an extensive collection of fashion scarves, Hobo bags, and Hue socks and tights to complete any outfit.

The jewelry collection at Bead Paradise is truly unique. We feature one of a kind designs by owner Ruth Aschaffenburg, as well as many small design companies who create fashionable, affordable, American-made jewelry. We have a vast assortment of hand-selected vintage jewelry, as well as everything from sterling silver hoop earrings to gemstone rings and leather bracelets.

We carry a broad range of natural health and beauty products with a focus on quality, cruelty free, and natural ingredients. Some of our featured health and beauty brands include Bach Flower Essences, Badger Balm, Burt’s Bees, Tom’s of Maine, Jason, and Aura Cacia.

The Loft, located on the second floor of Bead Paradise, features American-made and imported home accessories and decor. We carry incense, tablecloths, and tapestries as well as great gift ideas like handmade notebooks, terrariums, and small press gift cards. The Loft also houses our discounted clothing.

Our customers at Bead Paradise have been inspiring us for years with their endless creativity and the community that comes from a shared love of beads, jewelry, and fashion. So if you’re in the area, swing by our store! We would love to meet you in person.


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