A Nigerian woman’s traditional dressing is not complete without having a beaded necklace or coral bead in the mix. To inspire you on the latest designs in town, check out our curation of beautiful trending bead necklaces that Nigerian women are spotted wearing at weddings and occasions. Play the video below to see pictures of the latest designs and styles of statement beads. After the video, you will see a list of some of the best known beaded jewelry designers in Nigeria and where to buy from them. Enjoy!
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The Place of Bead Jewelry in Nigerian and African Traditional Occasions and Events
Statement bead necklaces are a must-have bridal fashion accessory of every Nigerian bride (and groom) who is preparing for her traditional marriage/ engagement ceremonies. Wedding guests can also wear beaded necklaces to complete their aso-ebi look. In this post, you’ll find pictures of beautiful Nigerian handmade bead necklaces including the native coral beads.
Beaded jewelry is more or less a huge part of the culture of most Nigerian and African tribes – you’ll see bead necklaces worn by both men and women, to occasions and traditional events. When coral beads or other native-style beaded necklaces are worn with traditional African ethnic attires such as lace occasion outfits, george wrapper and blouse, or aso-oke iro and buba, beaded jewelry and coral beads makes any woman or bride appear super stylish and elegant.
Latest Style Trends in Nigerian Bridal Bead Designs
Nigerian-style coral beads and statement bead necklaces for traditional weddings and other occasions are more exotic than the simple, red coral bead. Thanks to talented Nigerian bead designers, you can now find an assortment of bead designs and colours, as you can see in the pictures above. These exotic Nigerian beads are also loved and worn by women of other African countries.
Nigerian handmade beaded necklaces come in many different designs and styles: some are plain strings of beads without any additional embellishments, while others are designed with additional details using brooches, pendants, gemstones or even (Swarovski) crystals. These kinds of details make the African and Nigerian handmade beaded jewelry look more authentic and visually attractive.
Like any type of necklace, bead necklaces can be found in different lengths – short/ choker and long bead strands. They are also made in many different, beautiful shapes.
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Types of Bridal Bead Necklaces For Nigerian Traditional Weddings
Traditionally, the red coral bead used to the one of the most popular bead jewelry for the Nigerian traditional engagement/ marriage ceremony. Today, we are seeing a lot more Nigerian beads in diverse materials such as: pearl beads, glass beads and crystals. While the non-coral beads are fast gaining love from the Nigerian women, it is obvious that the classic, red coral bead is going nowhere – still widely used as the Edo wedding coral beads, which some like to call the ‘princess beaded dress’.
Oh, I almost forgot the plastic beads. Yes, those ones are a lot more affordable than the other types of bead jewelry, and if you comb the markets or ask around, you’re sure to find some pretty good designs in plastic beaded necklaces you can wear to a wedding or any other occasion.
So you see, no matter your taste and budget, you’ll find the right bead necklace, within your price range, for your Nigerian traditional wedding – be sure to use the pictures in the video above, to develop your own wedding bead ideas, before you go shopping.
Where to Buy Beaded Jewelry in Nigeria
Here are some great places where you can buy hand-made, Nigerian style beads like the ones you saw in the pictures above. Contact them through their Facebook pages (listed below) to find out more. They all post new samples of their awesome bead designs, so you can see…
- Artsmith Collections: https://www.facebook.com/gbenga.a.dada
- Bellissimo Aso oke & Beads: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bellissimo-Aso-oke-Beads/148877458513139
- Leries Accessories: https://www.facebook.com/LERIESJEWELLERY
- Esther of Kish jewelry: https://www.facebook.com/EstherofKish
Where to Learn Bead Training in Nigeria
Go here (click) to see our bead-making for beginners tutorial videos. Towards the end of that page to see where we listed places where to get bead-making training.
Wedding Beads Jewellery Takeaway
There you have it for our favorite designs and styles of Nigerian statement bead necklaces for brides to wear on their traditional wedding occasion. We know it’s easy to make wedding shopping mistakes, such as liking and buying every expensive shiny wedding thing, including beaded necklaces you see, but be sure to make a wedding budget first before doing any shopping.
So, tell me, what type and colour of Nigerian beaded necklace are you likely to rock at your traditional engagement ceremony – the classic coral beads or pearl beads or which?