Chevron Beads and Other Wholesale Trade Beads Since 1970


Trade Beads for Historical & Contemporary Craft Use

Native American Indians have used beads as part of their attire for centuries. These beads were made from shells, stone, wood, copper, bones and antler and other locally available materials Glass beads for trade were introduced to the Native Indians initially by European explorers, and later by The Hudson’s Bay Company and other fur tradingcompanies. Lewis and Clark introduced glass beads into new areas they traversed, but they also saw glass beads that had been obtained by Native Americans on the Pacific coast from other traders, who then in turn traded them to interior tribes. As the fur trade expanded westward, forts and trading posts were established, and the availability of trade goods, which certainly included an expanding selection of glass beads, grew.

Crazy Crow Trading Post offers a selection of reproductions of these earliest and most popular glass trade beads, such as chevron beads made initially in Venice. These beads make a nice addition to various traditional Native American regalia, as well as fur trade era rendezvous outfits and accoutrements.

What is a Chevron Bead?

A chevron is a bead type produced from a glass “cane” known as a Rosetta. Cane refers to rods of glass with color; these rods can be simple, containing a single color, or they can be complex and contain many strands of multiple colors in pattern, as are those used in producing the chevron beads.

Chevrons were drawn from a hollow cane typically with six thin layers of glass, traditionally white, blue, white, brick red, white then finally blue. This was then ground to produce patterns with five concentric stars with twelve points. The canes were chopped allowing large numbers of beads to be produced from each production run.

They were first produced in Venice, on the island of Murano at the end of the 14th century with the first reference to chevrons appearing in the inventory of the Barovier glass works in 1496. They were one of the core bead types used as Trade Beads destined for West Africa and the Americas. Like most Murano glass making techniques of the time, production processes were heavily protected.

154 Page, Full-Color Wholesale Crafts Supply Catalog & Online Store

At present, our online store reflects only our retail prices. This will change in the near future, but for now, wholesale pricing is indicated separately in our 154 Page wholesale catalog. Approved dealers may order online, and will receive their wholesale pricing when invoiced. We also provide a toll-free order hotline (800-786-6210) that is available weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Central Time). We offer an extensive craft supply selection that includes: beads, beading supplies, jewelry findings, leather, fabric, feathers, fringes, shells, furs and more as part of over 8,000 item inventory.

Looking for Qualified Dealers in Beads & Related Crafts

DEALER APPLICATION & MINIMUMS: Dealer catalogs and pricing is offered ONLY to those officially engaged in the business of reselling items offered by Crazy Crow Trading Post. To protect the integrity of our dealer network, we require that a Dealer Application be completed prior to our sending the dealer catalog and your first order. Minimum initial order is $250; minimum annual purchase requirement is $1,000. View & print dealer application

Wholesale Beads of Glass, Metal, Crystal & Plastic

In addition to wholesale pony beads, we wholesale beads of different materials to suit a variety of customer uses and budgets. Faceted necklace beads are offered in different shapes and sizes, and in crystal, firepolish, and imitation (plastic) firepolish. The popular “Crow” bead is likewise available in glass and plastic, numerous colors, and even countries of origin.

Basic Bottom Line: At Crazy Crow, we know wholesale beads!

We don’t just wholesale beads because they are an item to add to an inventory checklist. We know beads, their historical and contemporary uses, and enjoy them. We have published a number of books on the topic, and manufacture our own line of beading looms.

We value our dealer relationships!

We only sell to qualified, bonified dealers. We protect our dealer relationship with minimum initial orders, and verification of actual business activity. We aren’t trying to be nosy, we simply want to insure that we are not competing against our dealer network in an unfair manner. Contact us today about joining the thousands of dealers we sell to worldwide.

About Crazy Crow Trading Post

Crazy Crow Trading Post is a wholesale craft distributor, carrying a full line of arts & crafts supplies for retail stores, professional crafters, schools, and other non-profit organizations. We have been in business since 1970, and are committed to giving timely and courteous service to all our customers. Most in-stock orders will be shipped within 24 hours. We ship almost everywhere! For additional details on costs, fees, shipping methods, etc., view our International Orders & Shipping page.