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San Diego's Bead Store. Exotic Gemstone Beads.

Designer Beads. Ancient Beads.

 COVID-19 Update: As of 4-18-2020, our store remains closed to the public for the safety of our employees and customers . However, we are still working hard to get beading supplies out to our customers. We are offering a variety of options, including phone orders, window pick-up, mail order, and delivery to San Diego residents, 7 days a week 12pm-3pm. Our Etsy store remains open for business 24/7 and we are working hard to add new items daily. If you need supplies, please give us a call at 619-692-1114, email us at lostcitiesbeads@att.net, or send us a message on Instagram or Etsy. We miss you all terribly, and can't wait to be able to safely see you again in the store. Stay safe, stay sane, and bead on.

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!