Please take a moment to read this announcement.                                                                                                            Dear Customers,

I am selling Hands of the Hills, after more than 30 years, to Ramsey Finger. The sale will close around April 6, 2023.

I want to express my appreciation to all of my customers over these years for your support. Many of you have become acquaintances and friends. This sentiment is echoed by my sister, Linda, who has supported the business for more than 20 years. 

The new owner, Ramsey Finger, a colleague and friend for nearly 30 years, is familiar with many of the products, vendors and customers. 

We hope to keep the disruptions to a minimum over the transition period. The website will retain the same address: http://www.hohbead.com. The main email address will also be the same: hohbead@aol.com. The phone numbers will change around April 6, 2023. You can make orders online, by email or phone just as in the past. Ramsey plans to do the same shows as in the past.

I plan to use my extra time to travel, visit family, and do more volunteer medical work in Asia. I have committed to helping Ramsey in Tucson in 2024 and look forward to seeing many of you then.


Steve Dunning

Please check our show schedule. Order processing will be delayed when we are attending shows. Sorry for any inconvenience. 

Beads, Beads, Beads…Hold a bead in your hand and feel its texture, gaze at a bead and see its beautiful colors and delicate patterns.

What’s so great about beads is that they are made from simple materials that have been around for centuries – clay, glass, metal, and stone. 

The practice of treasuring and wearing beads began long, long ago. In ancient Egypt practically everyone wore beads on their clothes as well as jewelry. People wore beads not only for decoration, but because they believed that the beads had special powers to heal and protect them.

Beads often end up far from the places where they were made. In the past, a traveler often gave beads to his host as a gift. The host might keep the beads or give them to someone else. That’s how beads spread from one region to another. If beads could talk, what stories they could tell!

Beads were also used in place of money. Imagine a beadmaker in India or Venice, hundreds or even thousands of years ago, who earned his living by making beautiful glass beads in colors of brick red, corn yellow, and sea green. People in territories as far away as China and Africa fell in love with these beads and traded very special goods such as gold or pottery to get them. The Venetian whiteheart has been found in Africa, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, and the Americas. As you can see, beads really got around.

We directly import trade beads, silver, brass, copper, bone, shell beads and components from Thailand, Laos, Burma, Nepal, Indonesia and India.

$50.00 wholesale minimum purchase required (excluding shipping). Orders less than $50.00 are subject to a $10.00 handling charge. Washington residents must provide a valid copy of their Washington Reseller’s Permit. Visitors to the state of Washington must have a valid Business License issued by their state of residence and complete a Certificate of Exemption. This does not apply to orders shipped out of state.

Actual Shipping Charges will be added to your order upon payment processing. Most US orders are sent by USPS Priority Mail. Small Flat Rate Box $9.45, Medium Flat Rate Box $16.10, Large Flat Rate Box $21.50. Insurance will add to these prices.