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For anyone who has never been in a bead shop before, just imagine a ‘pick and mix’ for jewellery making! Everything needed for making costume & semi-precious jewellery is stocked, from the beads, findings and threadings to the tools and books for inspiration.

Abacus Beads opened for business in March 1991 with a shop on High Street in Belfast city centre. In June 2003 the shop was moved to McAuley House in Castle Street, a more central location, and in 2015 we expanded to the adjoining unit. We were the first bead shop in Northern Ireland and are proud to say that we’re still going strong!

We have a vast selection of beads from all over the world in glass, wood, metal and acrylic to our ever expanding strings of semi-precious stones and freshwater pearls. Our product lines are reviewed on a regular basis to keep up with current trends and seasonal colours so let us know if you’re looking for anything special as we may be able to source it for you. We cater for a wide variety of customers, from the hobby crafter making their first pair of earrings to the small business making jewellery/headpieces for the special occasion market…. and everyone in between! We are always happy to help if you get stuck on a project and need some technical or design advice, just drop us an email

If you’d prefer to have a piece of jewellery made especially for you call in for a chat. We also provide a repair/re-stringing service, including pearl knotting, at the shop in Belfast so feel free to bring in your jewellery or pearls for a no obligation quote.

Each year we have a stand at The Knitting and Stitching Show at the RDS in Dublin which is held at the end of October or beginning of November and we really enjoy meeting our customers in person from further afield.


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