About us

Barbie Campbell Cole trained as an architect, then worked for many years for BBC2 and C4 making anthropological documentaries in Asia and Africa. Since then she has dealt in antique textiles and jewellery from Asia and Africa, and has sold to collections in the British Museum, the Horniman Museum, the British Library and to private collections around the world.

Our address is:

7 Churton Place Pimlico London SW1V 2LN

Telephone: 00 44 (0) 20 7834 7474

Email: barbie@barbiecampbellcole.com

On this site we sell silver findings and beads sourced in Asia and Africa, much of our stock being based on the traditional designs observed during our travels. We also sell antique textiles. Please see our sister site: www.barbiecampbellcole-textiles.com.

Barbie is a member of the Bead Study Trust and the Bead Society of Great Britain. She has been in business for over 15 years, supplying silver findings and beads to silversmiths, jewellery makers, costume and film designers. Most of her stock is custom-made made for her, so you won't find most of the goods on this site elsewhere. Much of it is hand-made, so minor variations may occur in the same design.  

Barbie Campbell Cole, Silver Findings & Beads trades on-line and at bead fairs around the country - see our 'See Us at a Fair Near You' page on this website. We don't have a shop. However visits can be arranged for wholesale customers wishing to spend more than £100. Please call us in advance to make an appointment. 

 At fairs, you will be able to see our full stock of one-off and antique items collected from around the world.

We have a mailing list, so please add your name and email address to the Mailing List Box on the bottom left of each page. This will allow us to inform you of new stock, special offers and up-and-coming fairs. To protect your privacy, we don't share or sell our mailing list.

Barbie's academic research into the heirloom beads of Southeast Asia and Northeast India has been funded by The Bead Study Trust (Guido Award, 2001 and 2005), the Bead Society of Los Angeles (2004),and Icomos (Intach UK Trust Grant, 2010). Her research has been published by the Bead Study Trust and Beads, The Journal of the Society of Bead Research. Copies of her articles, along with other interesting books and magazines on bead history, are available on this site: click on  'Publications on Bead History' page to the left.


Please email us if there are any products you are particularly looking for, or for any comments on how we can improve our stock or website!