What is gemstone beads?
Gemstones have been used in jewelry making for as long as jewelry has existed, and many cultures associate different meanings and properties with different stones. Add interest and value to your beading projects with real semi-precious gemstone beads in a rainbow of colors and popular shapes.
What are gemstone beads made of?
Natural Minerals – inorganic material with a fixed chemical composition and physical properties, usually crystalline in form: onyx, carnelian, jade. Organic – derived from plants and animal: pearls, amber, coral. Synthetic – man-made; developed in a lab.
What is AAA beads?
AAA is the highest grade while D is the lowest. AA – AAA grade gemstones beads are usually more expensive, higher quality, and near-perfect. These gemstone beads are not usually color-enhanced and most of them are faceted cut. Most of our AAA grade gemstone beads are stashed away in our glass top trays.
What are natural beads?
Natural-material beads include beads made of bone, horn, wood, bamboo (a grass), nuts, shells and rocks. Beads made from natural materials make perfect components for a variety of organic, ethnic, exotic and tribal jewelry looks!
What are agate beads?
Agate is a semi-precious gemstone that is a translucent variety of microcrystalline quartz. Agate was first discovered along the shore line of the river Sicily by Theophrastus, a Greek naturalist.
Where do gemstone beads come from?
Most types of gemstones form within the Earth’s crust, which lies about three to 25 miles below the planet’s surface. Two stones–peridot and diamond–form much deeper, though.
How do you identify beads?
If your beads have holes drilled into them, the finish of the holes can help you identify their substance. The holes of glass beads may have a powdery look, while plastic beads appear untouched. Transparent glass beads may look frosty around the area where the hole was drilled; plastic beads will not have this quality.
What chakra is Sunstone?
The gold and orange shades of Sunstone identify with the Sacral Chakra, or Second Chakra, located below the naval and above the pubic bone at the front of the pelvis. It controls the flow of energy and is the center of gravity of the body.