Beads of Paradise

16 E. 17th St.
New York, NY 10003
212-620-0642
Beads of Paradise houses plenty of inexpensive treasures from Southeast Asia and Africa, many with powerful implications. Thai devotional gold-leaf-wrapped candles or incense in the shapes of elephants and temples to purify; colorful soaps in scents ranging from coffee to cucumber-dill to husked rice to cleanse; and Vietnamese silk scarves and shawls to add shimmer. But the store's name is drawn from its back-room collection: literally thousands of beads of all sizes, shapes, and materials and origin. There are budget-friendly glass beads from Bali (50 cents and up) and Ghanaian wax-cut brass froi-froi

, as well as pricey Nepalese inlaid bone beads and glittering semiprecious stones for that gem of a girl in your life. Also leather, lace, hemp, and metals on which to string things, and willing experts, whose classes are open to your giftee.

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