From a life long, genuine love of beads, Butik Beads was founded in 2010. All our offerings are authentic African trade beads that come to us directly from Africa. The glass beads date back as far as the late 1800's and were originally made in various European glass blowing countries such as Italy and Czechoslovakia. From there, they were traded into Africa for gold, earning their name, "trade beads". History tells us that beads were the first ever form of currency. The metal beads we offer are currently being made in Ethiopia.