What are the two most important things that make jewelry look fabulous? The answer is, it’s design and the materials used to make it. Ideally, metals, beads, stones thread and wire set the foundation of a jewellery piece.
This article will guide you to choose from the varied number of beads and stones that will help you pick or make the kind of jewellery that’s one of a kind and that stands out in the fashion trends.
Starting with beads, let’s take a look at the different types of beads:
- Seed beads: small round shaped beads, commonly used in jewellery making.
- Crystal beads: cut glass beads made with approximately 30% lead, giving it a highly refractive quality. Swarovski crystal beads are the finest cut crystal beads.
- Roundel beads: flat donut shaped beads usually used as a spacer bead.
- Semi-precious beads: can include natural gemstone, enhanced gemstone or manmade reconstructed materials.
- Charlotte beads: a type of seed beads that have one flat surface cut into them. Cut of this bead is distinctive.
- Chatons & Rivoli: Chatons are crystal beads that are faceted, with a pointed back and foiling to reflect their sparkle. Rivoli crystals are circular and feature smooth facets that come to a point in the middle, on the front and back of the crystal.
Coming to stones, there are about 20-25 precious and semi-precious stones available, some of the unique ones are as follows:
- Alexandrite: known for its color changing properties, when you look at it in daylight, it is a cool bluish mossy green. Inside in lamplight, it is a red gem with a warm raspberry tone. You can watch it flick back and forth by switching from fluorescent to incandescent light.
- Moonstone: Fine Moonstone is quite rare and becoming rarer. Ancient Romans believed that this shimmering rock was formed from frozen moonlight, giving it the name Moonstone.
- Opal: known as the Queen of Gems because it encompassed the colors of all other gems.
- Onyx: this gem comes in black, white, reddish brown, brown and banded. A variety of Onyx that is reddish brown with white and lighter reddish bands is known as sardonyx.
- Peridot: exists in only one color; a distinctive signature lime green. In ancient times it was believed that Peridot was a gift of Mother Nature to celebrate the annual creation of a new world.
- Rubellite: is a combination of vibrant pink and ruby red color.
- Zircon: the spectrum of beautiful colors, its rarity and affordability are why it is becoming more popular today.
- Tourmaline: Tourmaline is known for displaying several colors in one gemstone. These bi-color or tri-color gems are formed in many combinations and are highly prized
The above lists give a brief of unique stones and beads that are used for jewellery making. Keeping this list in mind, check for different metals like gold and precious stones like diamond along with these beads and stones that will make your jewelry one of a kind. Check for gold earrings with price and weight, the resale value of the above-mentioned stones and its properties, diamond bangle designs, traditional and modern necklace designs before finalizing the actual design for your one-of-a-kind antique jewellery piece.