Different Types of Beads for Jewelry Making

Before we discuss different types of bead types, let's discuss the different kinds of beads.

What are beads?

Beads have been used for quite some time. Dating back to ancient cultures, even thousands of years ago! Beads have been used for jewelry making, and served many different purposes.

Types of beads -

Beads types can be named and described from different perspectives. They could be categorized based on such criteria:

  • material
  • shape
  • production process
  • origin
  • surface pattern
  • fashion trends

Gemstone beads (semi-precious beads)

Gemstone beads, also called semi-precious beads includes natural gemstone beads. Available in various shapes and sizes. They are also created from many different types of natural occurring stones found in natural environment.

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