San Diego's Bead Store. Exotic Gemstone Beads.

Designer Beads. Ancient Beads.

We Are Open!

We are open to the public 7 days a week!

Monday-Thursday 11:00am-5:00pm

Friday-Sunday 11:00am-6:00pm

Facial coverings are not required for fully vaccinated adults, but encouraged.

Parking is still free! Choose street parking for 2 hours free, or the Presidio Plaza parking lot directly behind the store for 1 hour free parking.

Established in 1999, Lost Cities Beads has been San Diego's bead store for over twenty years. Choose from a spectacular selection of exotic faceted and smooth gemstone, cubic zirconia beads, saltwater and freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystal beads, and so much more to keep your creative mind alive and your creations up-to-date. With countless years of in store experience, let our talented and friendly staff assist you with achieving your creative dreams!

Gemstone Beads

We have a wide selection of natural gemstone in a variety of shapes and cuts in both singles and strands. Choose from common stones like amethyst, peridot, citrine, garnet, labradorite, moonstone and aquamarine, or explore our more exotic stones like diamonds, kunzite, charoite, ruby, emerald, sapphire, chrysoprase, modavite, andalusite, tourmaline, spinel and much, much more.

Silver, Gold & Other Metals

  We specialize in gold and silver jewelry components. Choose from a great selection of:

  • Gold filled and sterling silver beads, findings, and chain
  • Gold vermeil beads and findings
  • Gold vermeil and sterling silver pendants and charms

We also have a good selection of base metals:

  • Copper, gunmetal and brass chain, beads and findings
  • Silvertone, goldtone, and various antique finishes of beads and findings

Ancient and Antique Beads & Jewelry

We specialize in antique and ancient beads and adornments collected from all over the world. Choose from African and Tibetan Amber, Tibetan Turquoise, Red Coral, Peach Coral, Mosaic Coral, White Conch "Coral", Angel Skin Coral, Carnelian, Amazonite, Rock Crystal Quartz, Granite, Multi Hue Agates, snake vertebrae, shell, silver bracelets and chains from India and Africa, Ethiopian crosses, brass beads, Dutch glass, Egyptian glass, Venetian glass and more!