Our Story

Originating in 2002 we opened boutique jewellery and bead stores trading as Etelage (French, adornment) in Cronulla beach, Sydney and the inner-city suburb of Newtown.

Newly rebranded as Bead Vault and operating 100% online, learn, create, and adorn using your curated ‘toolbox’ of artisan and vintage beads, handmade jewellery and beading classes in Sydney, Australia.


We are committed to sourcing beautiful and original elements, that tell authentic stories. Working closely with family run cottage manufacturers and individual artisans who practice time honoured handmade traditions allows us to embrace what we love to do, i.e., support the maker culture! Slow. Artisan. Local. Ethical. 

Celebrate bold style and create notably unique handmade jewellery from our vintage and retro beads, including chunky plastics made in the 1960s from Lucite, large wooden beads made in the 1970s when macrame was in vogue and 1980s Greek clay raw and glazed beads. Other distinctive elements include brass stamped filigrees which make incredible statement earrings, brass letters, numbers and charms, sew on French jet stones and cameos.

As direct importers from the Czech Republic we stock a vast selection of Czech pressed glass beads, cathedral beads, handmade lamp work as well as fire polished and machine cut crystals. Additionally, weave, stitch and embellish your textile designs from fashion to quilts using small and delicate Czech seed beads, bugles beads and two cut beads.


All our jewellery is lovingly made by hand in Australia, for the modern bohemian woman. Every piece is designed to be layered, worn dressed up or dressed down...but ultimately to help you express your own notable style, and be your authentic self. Synonymous with meticulous handcrafting wedraw inspiration from 1960s jet set glamour and 1970s boho chicall of which govern our signature style. Eclectic, not trend driven, Bead Vault jewellery is high on quality and low on impact which you will love and wear for years.


Bead Vault is a Sydney based jewellery studio, where the love of learning, creativity, the planet, and people become infused. 

We offer hands-on workshops for beginner crafters to passionate jewellery makers and designers. Create unique jewellery that will surprise and impress you as well as your friends.

Additionally, we customise creative experiences for tween and hen’s parties, community groups and corporate functions.