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Precious stone for jewelry
How to select precious stone for jewelry – There is no better way to be creative than designing your own jewelry! There are thousands of different types of beads, and all of these are made from different types of materials. They can be found in different sizes and shapes for every taste. We have a guide to jewelry making and beads, as well as answers to any questions you may have.
- Metal Beads
Metal beads can be broken down into two categories namely precious metals and non-precious metals (sometimes known as base metals).
- Precious Metal Beads
- These beads are made from 22 k, 18 k or 14 k gold, vermeil, gold filled, and sterling silver.
- Non-Precious Metal Or Base Metal Beads
- These metal beads include copper, brass, nickel, bronze, and pewter.
When purchasing beads, be sure to look for beads that are labeled as lead-free.
- Natural Stone Beads
Natural stone beads are considered either precious or semi-precious. This depends on the type of stone and whether the stone is considered rare or valuable. Many gemstone beads go under a chemical or heat processes that are meant to harden or enhance the colors of the gems. This means they are bleached, dyed, hardened, enhanced, and oiled. Precious stones are sometimes referred to as gemstones, with only a few types that are actually made into beads because of the softness of the stone and rarity. Examples include: Diamonds, Opal stones, Rubies, Sapphires, Emeralds, and Tanzanite. Some of the varieties of semi-precious gemstone beads are: Amethyst, Citrine, Moonstone, Tiger’s Eye, Quartz crystal, Rose Quartz, Turquoise, Jade, Garnet, Carnelian, Tourmaline, and so on.
Beading is such a fun and creative hobby! We show you the many types of beads available, including materials, drill hole options and shapes to choose from to help you plan and inspire your designs.