Things You Should Know When Buying Beads for Your Jewelry

For you to achieve perfect beadwork, you must use high-quality beads. You must also know the art of blending different dots' different types and colors to bring forth a masterpiece. If you do not take the time to source quality beads, you might not achieve professional beadwork. The following is a guide to help you choose the best beads for your beadwork.

1.Buy A Small Amount of Beads First

If you are purchasing your beads online, it is a good practice to buy a small amount. It enables you to feel the texture and quality of the beads before you start making your jewelry. It will save you the disappointment if the beads are of low quality. If you like the quality of the beads, you can proceed to buy in bulk.

2.Type of Beads

Different types of beads come in different sizes and shapes. It can be not very clear if you do not know the exact type of beads. There are seed beads, crystal, semi-precious stones, glass beads, wood, pearl, or acrylic. Your choice of jewelry beads depends on the final look you want to achieve with your beadwork.

3.Beads Enhancements

You can find beads of almost any material, in different colors, shapes, and sizes. When buying beads, you should consider the enhancements made on the jewelry beads. Additional improvements on the beads help improve the beads' color, texture, appearance, and durability. Enhancements can improve color through dyeing, bleaching to whiten or lighten beads, or heating to darken the jewelry beads, and stabilization to make the imperfections on the beads invisible. 

4.The Price of the Beads

Before you settle to buy beads in a particular shop, you should ensure it's the best price you can get. You will get frustrated if you find out it is cheaper at another shop after buying the beads. Look and compare prices in different shops to get the best deal. Also, remember that expensive beads do not always guarantee high quality. But, generally, the higher the grade, the higher the price.

5.Consider the Size of the Beads

You should consider the right size of the beads to achieve the best results in your beadwork. Every project you have will require a different size of the beads. The easiest way of knowing the right size of beads is by using the beads size chart. The chart allows you to understand the actual graphics of the bead sizes in millimeters. It enables you to get the dimensions of your beads right. 


Creating jewelry is truly a fascinating task. Each perfect piece makes you happy and fulfilled. However, it takes a bit of patience and creativity to make that perfect piece. It would help if you started by first identifying the beads you want for your project. It would be best if you were careful when buying the jewelry beads, as a little mistake can disappoint your beadwork's outcome. Consider the above tips to help you in choosing the right beads for your beadwork projects. 

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