Before you buy glass beads for your jewelry, you need to determine what style and design of the jewelry. You need to choose the appropriate size, shape, color and design of these beads in order to make a perfect jewel. You can make your own chain, necklace, earring or a bracelet with these types of beads that matches your dress type greatly. Certain types of these beads are more suitable for traditional jewelry designs whereas other types of beads are appropriate for contemporary style designs.
Lampwork glass beads
These are very popular beads that are formed when a torch flame or lamp is used for heating the glass in a kiln. This heated glass is shaped into diverse designs that include hearts, animals, star, flowers and many more. The glass can be imparted a specific texture with intricate bumps or surface lines which creates a unique pattern on each bead.
Pearl glass beads
These are high quality beads which are made of crystals and are surface coated with pink, black, white, beige, silver or gold. These beads give a shiny appearance and the popular ones are round and seed pearl beads.
Crystal glass beads
These are highly strong and durable beads and are very shining as it refracts light. You can vision a sparkling display of brilliant light from these beads and they also contain faceted edges. These crystal beads are also known as Austrian crystal bead or Swarovski bead.
Vintage Glass Beads
These beads are at least 25 years old and are extremely unique with imprinted designs and embellishments. These beads when made into ornaments give you a classy and trendy look than ever.
The other types of beads are the Dichroic beads, Millefiori, Murano and seed glass beads.
The seed beads are tiny beads which are used in delicate pieces of jewelry. The basic shape of these beads is rectangle, round, cylindrical, star, oval and square. The special design on these beads may be swirls, butterflies, animals, flowers, leaves, and hearts and so on. Making of beaded jewelry necessitates a flexible wire or thread through which the beads are pierced together and are carefully inserted into and through the holes in the beads.