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  1. Bakelite!!

    Did you know that we have the largest collection of authentic vintage Bakelite anywhere? Yes, that's right ANYWHERE! If you want to add some unique & special beads and components to your designs to set them apart from the rest of the pack, you should really take a good look at Vintage Bakelite. What is it and why is it so hard to come by?

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  2. New Fabulous Fresh Water Pearls

    Here are some of the finest freshwater pearl beads you will find out there. We have round pearl beads, semi-round pearl beads, baroque pearl beads, keishi pearl beads, biwi pearl beads, coin pearl beads, rice pearl beads, dancing pearl beads, faceted pearl beads, large holed pearl beads, and a huge selection of vintage faux pearl beads. Take a look at these hand picked pearl beads while supplies last!

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  3. We have etched glass bead fever over here!

    Don’t you just love the technology for coating Czech glass beads? We have a huge selection of these coated glass beads! We have etched glass seed beads, etched glass dagger beads, etched glass dome beads, etched glass melon beads, etched glass mushroom button beads, and etched glass True-2mm fire polish beads.

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  4. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise

    We know you will love our Sleeping Beauty Turquoise beads. Turquoise gem stone beads are said to promote good fortune, happiness and a long life. Why not take a look at our selection of Turquoise beads today?

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  5. Rare Hessonite Moss Garnet Beads

    Check out the top quality custom cut moss garnet beads only available here! Are you looking for Monzambique garnet beads or perhaps Rhodolite Garnets? Ya gotta love green garnet beads too! We have all sorts of garnet gemstone beads. So why not take a peek at our selection of gorgeous garnets today?

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Welcome to A Grain of Sand

Home of the Famous Vintage Bead Hoard

We search the world over for unique vintage and contemporary beads & findings. You have found the home of the famous Vintage Bead Hoard! The contents of four - 52 foot trailers containing beads and findings from a NYC Jewelry Supply Company that was in business from the 1930's to the 1980's. Upon discovery it was moved to its' new home at A Grain of Sand in Mooresville, North Carolina. A discovery so amazing that it was featured in the Bead & Button Magazine in 2012.

We love beads!  We hand select the most unique pearl beads, gemstone beads, cabochons and all the findings and beading supplies to go with them. Oh, and then there is our outstanding collection of Clasps!  We manufacture some of the most fabulous clasps you will ever find! If you are looking for unique things at a fantastic value and topped off with the best of best in customer service, you are in the right place. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax and enjoy browsing the bead goodies. 

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