We carry...

  • Walls of glass beads, all sizes, shapes and colors
  • Seed beads, Japanese, Italian, Czech and metal
  • Seed bead shapes, including triangle, cubes, bugle, teardrops, etc.
  • Wire – sterling silver, golf-filled, copper, and plated
  • Chain – sterling silver, gold-filled, 14 Karat, Copper and plated.  Numerous sizes and link styles
  • Crystal Clay with all the bezel findings and embellishing crystals
  • Swarovski crystals
  • Crystal Bling beads
  • Shell and wood beads
  • Pearls, freshwater, tahitian, crystal, and composite
  • Diamond beads and diamond encrusted bling
  • Amber, beads, pendants, pins and earrings
  • Finished pendants and earrings
  • Stone focal pieces and pendants
  • Designer clasp and earring findings
  • Findings in 22k, 14k, GF, SS, SF, copper, pewter and plated
  • Designer Art Glass
  • Druzy beads and cabachons
  • Glass and stone cabachons
  • Bali-style Silver and Vermeil
  • Stringing materials (silk, cotton, linen, leather, etc.)
  • Many more beading supplies!


After taking a pearl knotting class at a local college, Donna Raskin looked for a local bead resource in NJ to fuel her newfound beading obsession. Finding frustration in that she could only find finished pieces or a few beads at a big craft store, she decided to create the place she was seeking herself. So in 1991, she founded The Birds and the Beads, a place for beaders (and future beaders) to find everything they need to unleash their creativity: beads, supplies, books, hand-made treasures, and a community.

The Birds and the Beads is a place to find the beads you want, the advice you need, and those crimps that you forgot. We offer classes taught by premier, local instructors for everyone… from those who have never picked up a bead to experts in right-angle weave. We’ve found that beading is a great way to create high-quality jewelry yourself and is so rewarding, it can even become “bead therapy.”

We invite you to explore our shop and have fun finding your inspiration!