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We have launched these special sets to celebrate Abacus Beads being open 30 years in March. As pearl is the symbol for a 30 year anniversary we wanted to create something extra special for you all.

Each set has a unique freshwater pearl pendant, a strand of freshwater pearl beads or glass pearls, a small strand of faceted glass beads, metal spacers, seed beads, wire, elastic, a clasp, crimps, a gift bag and a technical instruction leaflet. You can see the 8 pendant styles here:

We’d love to see what you make with your set so tag us on Instagram/Facebook and use #Abacus30, we know there’ll be lots of variations on what everyone makes!

To celebrate our 30th birthday in March we have launched a competition to win a £50 voucher to spend on beads!!

As pearl is the symbol for a 30th anniversary we want you to enter something you’ve made that has pearls in it, how easy is that?!

You can enter a max of 5 items, email good quality photos along with your name to

Closing date is midnight Sunday 28th February, a guest judge will pick her top 3 and they’ll go to a public vote via Instagram, Facebook and our subscribers list to decide on the overall winner.

Due to the most recent government restrictions the physical shop in Belfast city centre is closed until 1 April 2021 but the online shop will remain open. So we can limit our movements during this lockdown, we will be dispatching orders a couple of times a week rather than on a daily basis. If you need anything urgently please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

It’s great to be making tentative steps to resume some normality but until the city gets busier we will open 4 day per week instead of the usual 6 days. Hopefully this will only be for a short period but we will keep you updated, thanks for your understanding. 

Following the announcement tonight that the UK/NI has entered a 3 week lockdown I have now taken a further step and closed the online shop along with the shop in Castle Street. If we all do our bit #stayathome , it will help limit the spread of the virus and ultimately save lives. This also means we can get our businesses back to normal trading as soon as possible. Stay safe everyone x

These are uncertain times for us all but everyone’s safety and well-being are our main priority. Although the physical shop is closed we still hope to fulfill online orders. If you’re familiar with our range you’ll see not everything we stock is on the website yet but it can still be sent out. You can contact us through email at, through Instagram @AbacusBeadsBelfast or where we’ll help you any way we can and send you photos/videos to find what you’re looking for. Stay safe everyone and hopefully business will be back to normal before too long x

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