Jewelry to Stand the Test of Time!

Greetings Bead Buddies, Leah here from Eureka Crystal Beads! Do you want your jewelry to stand the test of time? Read on!

So 2 facts about me: 1.) I’ve been making jewelry for 22 years. 2). I hate change.

What do these two things have to do with one another you ask? Well, it means that over the years I’ve seen some amazing advancements in the beading world with regard to stringing mediums, adhesives, techniques, tools… and sometimes I dig my heels in and instinctively want to stick with what I’ve always used. Do you remember Nymo beading thread? When I learned Peyote stitch Nymo was the thread to use for bead weaving. No one knew about FireLine – it simply wasn’t being used yet in the jewelry world. When Fireline came onto the scene I recall saying “Nope, I’m good. I like Nymo. Nymo is what I use and I don’t really see a need to change.” WOW, was I wrong! Once I actually bit the bullet and tried FireLine there was no turning back, especially since I was starting to incorporate more and more Swarovski Crystal into my beading and Nymo simply wasn’t going to stand up next to the edges of those crystals. But guess what would? FIRELINE! So anyway, you get where I’m going with this: I learned that embracing change (and a new product, even if that product was a little more expensive than what I was previously using) was – worth – it. My Jewelry was worth it. My time was worth it.

So now I ask you: Do you LOVE making jewelry? Do you get excited when that package of beads comes in the mail? Do you positively glow when that difficult stitch you’ve been working on is finally mastered? Do you sell your work? Do you want every facet (pun totally intended!) of your work to stand out? INVEST. 

INVEST in quality stringing materials like Soft Flex stringing wire and clean looking tube crimps when you’re going to string up those beautiful beads. Not only with your strung pieces sit and wear more nicely but they will last much much longer as well.

INVEST in quality findings when you’re putting together your gemstones and pearls or for attaching that beadwoven necklace around your neck that you spent 15+ hours painstakingly weaving together one bead at a time. Your time is worth it, and the findings of your pieces are just as important as the amazing beads you selected to design it!

And yes, INVEST in things like FireLine (hehe) so that way 10 hours later when your amazing (and labor intensive!) bracelet is all finished it has the best chance to last as long as possible as you (or a family member or customer) wear it lovingly for years…because it was made using materials that will stand the test of time.


INVEST in your passion, even if only a little at a time. YOU are worth it, and so are the amazing creations you make!

BEAD ON my lovely readers, bead on!



Spring is Coming… Get Inspired!!

Greetings fellow Bead-Lovers! I’m back with another helpful blog from Eureka Crystal Beads! Am I the only one excited to see Winter exit stage-left? I’m sure my fellow New Englanders would agree – bring on SPRING!! I’m just dying to see the first peeks of the Crocuses and Daffodils herald the arrival of warmer weather. (But not too warm… Don’t get too excited Summer, wait your turn!) What do you think of when you think of Spring? Alongside those early Spring blooms I think of pastel colors, soft and bright! Have you seen Swarovski’s Spring/Summer 2019 Innovations yet? In addition to the absolutely electrifying Majestic Blue, Swarovski also released 3 new colors for their lacquered collection:




Crystal Buttercup, Crystal Lilac, and Crystal Lime! With opaque lacquered backs, the light reflects beautifully inside the Rivolis creating a stunning glow! Check out the links above to see our selections in both Rivolis and Chatons!


Looking for something less traditional for Spring? Vogue ItaliaGlamour (and more!) predict that, alongside the very pastels shown above, one of the HOT HOT HOT colors for Spring will be BRIGHT RED!!


Swarovski colors like Light Siam and Scarlet are sure to fit this bill!

And in addition to bright reds, those same sources are also touting “Army Green” as another popular trend for Spring.




Swarovski provides shades like Olivine, Khaki, and Olivine Dorado to keep your jewelry creations trending for Spring!!




What colors are you excited to work with as the weather gets warmer? **Comment below,** we’d love to hear from you!!


Until next time!

Happy Beading! -Leah

The Color Doctor is – IN!

Hello Beaderkin! Leah here with another helpful blog from Eureka Crystal Beads! Let’s talk … COLOR!!


In all my years working in a bead store environment and working one-on-one with customers to help them pick out their beads there is one thing that stressed them out over all the rest – COLOR. “Does this look ok??” or “Does this color match with this one??” or “I just don’t know. What should I mix with these beads?!” were just some of the many phrases I heard on a daily basis as I saw our fabulous beaders become more and more concerned with color. I would literally see the beads (pun intended?) of sweat glisten on their brows as they simply lacked some Color-Confidence. It’s impossible to blame them, however. These ladies (and some gentlemen) were selecting beads for projects on which they were possibly going to be spending hours and hours – various intricate pieces sewing beads together one – at – a – time. Wouldn’t you want to make sure you color choice would be outstanding from the get-go, too?

Do YOU suffer from… COLOR FEAR? Read on, because the Color Doctor is IN!

First, let’s talk a little basic COLOR THEORY. To start, we’re going to delve into 3 classifications of colors: PRIMARY colors, SECONDARY colors, and TERTIARY colors.




To the left is a Color Wheel. Highlighted are the 3 Primary Colors: Yellow, Red, and Blue. ALL colors are derived from some sort of combination of these 3 colors.





Here we see the same Color Wheel only the 3 colors highlighted are the Secondary Colors: Orange, Violet, and Green. These colors are created by mixing 2 Primary colors.

Red + Yellow = Orange

Red + Blue = Violet

Blue + Yellow = Green




Lastly, this final Color Wheel shows us our Tertiary Colors. These colors are created by mixing a Primary color with a Secondary color. Example: Red + Orange = Red-Orange, which is showing in the 3 o’clock position on the right side of the wheel.





So here’s the thing with color: If you imagine color to be PAINT, some colors you can mix together to create wonderful new colors, hues, and tones, and other colors, when mixed, will become muddy and grey/brown (which is fine if that’s what you’re going for!). But it’s a matter of knowing what to mix to get which result. Colors OPPOSITE each other on the color wheel (pictured to the left, called COMPLEMENTARY Colors) will become muddy if mixed, BUT side-by-side they will ENHANCE each other, almost vibrate with intensity!! Thankfully, beads aren’t paint. BUT, if you’re using lots and lots of teeny tiny beads (like weaving Delicas with Peyote Stitch) they might as well be as they will tend to blend in together visually so utilizing them takes a little more care. One of the most popular examples of Complementary Colors are RED & GREEN, which may make you think of Christmas! Complementary colors like Yellow & Violet or Blue & Orange may remind you of certain sports teams.

As you pick your beads for a project, think about what sort of feel you want the final piece to have. Do you want it to look a little funky? With some fun pop(s) of color? (e.g. Reds, purples, with hints of Green-yellows!) Or are you looking for something more subtle and demure that remains within a similar color family? (e.g. Blues mixed with Blue-Greens) For many people, the former is the more difficult one. They want to add a little “pop” but it – can – be – scary! Keep a color wheel handy and you simply have to look to the opposite side of the color wheel to determine which color(s) will add the most bang for your buck – the most POP!





“The Milkmaid” by Vermeer is a great example of complementary colors in use! Can you see how the golden yellow of the top of her dress pops nicely next to the deep violet indigo of her skirt?





Here we see a great example of colors in this photograph an ocean wave that stays within the same color family. Varying tones of blues, aquas, teals, mixed with whites all look amazing together – even without a pop of the Red-Orange that would be it’s complementary color scheme!




Now, let’s take a look at what happens when we add some of that Red-Orange! WOW – it really pops out brilliantly against all of those waves!! While this may not be a specific color scheme you want in your next bracelet, the intensity factor here cannot be argued.

Next time you’re having a stressful time picking out colors for your next project, consider looking to some of the great artworks created by the masters! (They are famous for a reason!) You’ll be sure to get some amazing inspiration! CLICK HERE to see some amazing Google search results I came up with!

Or, CLICK HERE to see some beautiful examples of colors schemes in nature – surely you’ll find lots of inspiration here, and then simply match up beads to the colors you see in the image you fall in love with!

I’m always happy to suggest bead colors for you!! Feel free to send a picture of what you’re working on or what you have picked out so far and I can certainly suggest some great beads from our website to add/enhance!

Bead on, friends!!


Meet Leah, the New Design Project Coordinator for Eureka Crystal Beads!


By now many of you may have become aware of a new presence at Eureka Crystal Beads over the last month and a half. At the end of January Leah Wyckoff came aboard as our new Design Project Coordinator, and we thought you might want to learn a little bit more about her and what she’ll be doing!

Leah’s background with beads and jewelry started all the way back in the mid 90’s. She honed her skills for jewelry-making and jewelry instruction when she began working at one of her local bead stores back in 1998 and where she stayed for the next 12 years. During that time was when she also accrued an Associates Degree in Fine Arts from Bristol Community College and then a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Design from The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. What was her concentration? Why, Jewelry and Metalsmithing of course! In addition to putting in her time working bead-retail, she also worked for 5 years as Primary Bench Jeweler for a local goldsmith in Rhode Island. In additional to these and various other occupations, both jewelry-related and not, she has always focused on her own beading and jewelry production that she does out of the comfort of her home-studio. Leah’s work has also been featured in several beading magazine publications as well as a compilation book.

As Design Project Coordinator you can expect for Leah to continue to bring you many more YouTube tutorial videos, exciting Facebook Live posts, informative Blog posts, dazzling new kits designs, and more!

Leah’s favorite techniques are wire-wrapping fine gauged wire with gemstones and freshwater pearls and utilizing off-loom bead weaving techniques (like Peyote stitch) around un-drilled Swarovski crystals.

Some of Leah’s favorite Eureka Crystal Beads website products are the brand new 2mm and 3mm faceted gemstones beads that she loves utilizing in her own sterling silver and 14k gold-filled jewelry production at home, and our assortments of unique custom coated Swarovski Crystal rivolis! **Want to know her current favorite rivoli color? Click HERE to find out!!**


“I’m so thrilled to be here. It’s a total dream to be able to creatively work with beads and crystals all day long!”  -Leah

Jewelry Design Technique: “Filling the Gaps”

Hello everyone! Welcome back to another helpful Blog brought to you by Eureka Crystal Beads! Today I’m going to discuss a really simple design technique that’s great for the beginning beader who might be feeling overwhelmed with what to do with all the fun new beads they have. I call this technique FILLING THE GAPS! I touched upon the idea of this briefly in one of my previous YouTube videos, but we had some questions from viewers and wanted to expand upon it!


So to start, you can see that I have a lovely palette of beads in different shapes, sizes, colors, and mediums! This sort of assortment can make some beautiful projects but it can be daunting to know where to start!

First, think about what bead you might want to feature the most – start there! For this project I’m going to start with the 8mm Swarovski pearl in Iridescent Green!




I’ve laid out an odd number of the pearls, already reminiscent of the bracelet I’m creating. It’s often pleasing to the eye to have something in the center – hence the odd number! I suggest starting with the bead you’re most excited about. 🙂



Next, select the next type of bead you’d like to work with. If you aren’t sure which one do use next, stick with whatever is the next largest bead you have. Take those beads and … Fill in the gaps! Place one in between each of your starting beads.





Now, pick a third type of bead and go ahead and fill in THOSE gaps. Again, if you’re not sure which one to pick next, simply go with the next largest bead that you have left.




As we start to use smaller beads, or even as we get further along in the design, we don’t have to fill every single gap if we don’t want to. In this image, I’ve started sprinkling in 4mm Swarovski Crystals (here, in Chrysolite Opal!) but only filling in the gaps on either side of the 8mm pearls. Experiment!





Now I’m using the 3mm Fire Polish beads to fill in some of the gaps. Some, not all. I’ve chosen to fill the gaps on either side of the Czech glass beads that are laid out in the design.




Here you can see my finished design laid out! Remember, you can always change and move things around – try different combinations! Nothing is set in stone (pun intended?) yet! However, take comfort in the fact that if you’re using a lovely color palette to begin with – you can’t go wrong. 😉






Start to string up your design. I recommend starting in the center and working your way out. Many times you will find that you laid out more beads than you actually need to complete your desired length.



Below you’ll see that I was able to get to the desired length of my bracelet without needing all of the beads. (The leftovers will make a great little matching pair of earrings!)

Finish up your bracelet with whatever clasp you prefer and you’re all done. A lovely, simple, balanced bracelet design (or make it longer – necklace!) with a design technique to take away some of the stress of a beginner beader. Enjoy!

We’re all a little Irish on St. Paddy’s! Learn more here!


Saint Patrick’s Day is soon upon us! What do you think about when this holiday rolls around? Probably all things GREEN! Perhaps clothing or funny hats adorned with shamrocks, festive green beer at your local pub, or if you’re a beader – or just plain love jewelry – perhaps you’re digging out all your favorite green-themed pieces to adorn your neck, wrists, and ears!

Admittedly, I’m not Irish – BUT I’ve always felt a strong pull towards all things of the Emerald Isle! Perhaps this was foreshadowing for the enormous Irish family that I would one day marry into! My family-in-law is SUPER Irish. (Can you be “SUPER Irish?” If you can, that’s them!) I have a Ginger-freckled green-eyed husband and my mother-in-law has a very particular favorite color. (She also makes the best corned beef and cabbage and she drives from Connecticut to Boston just to purchase it for this special holiday!)

So how did this all start? What IS Saint Patrick’s Day and how did shamrocks and all things GREEN (her favorite color, if you couldn’t guess) come to be associated with it?

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on March 17th, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland. This has become an international day of Irish culture. It’s interesting to note however that the first recorded St. Patrick’s Day parade was held not in Ireland but in New York City in 1762, and with the dramatic increase of Irish immigrants to the United States in the mid-19th century, the March 17th celebration became widespread for the culture and traditions of all things Irish – or those who want to pretend for a day!




SO WHAT ABOUT ALL THAT GREEN? Why do we wear THAT color for this holiday?



Well, aside from the Emerald Isle and it’s lush green landscape, every leprechaun we’ve seen is wearing a green get-up, thus distinguishing them as such in Irish folklore. It came to be that St. Patrick’s revelers thought wearing green made leprechauns unable to see you. These fairy creatures would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green) and this has developed into pinching others to remind them that leprechauns wouldn’t approve of their nongreen apparel.

Clover Crystal



Saint Patrick’s Day, which is originally a Roman Catholic feast day, considers the three leaves of the shamrock (more green!) to represent The Holy Trinity. But the leaves can also stand secularly for faith, hope and love – with a fourth leaf being the bringer of luck!


Do you need any help with GREEN beads and crystals for this festive day? Eureka Crystal Beads can more than accomodate you!

Check out the Swarovski Crystal Clover pendant to create some simple and stunning earrings or weave a bracelet with all-things-green by checking out this “Emerald” search on our website!

What will YOU be wearing for St. Paddy’s? What traditions with you take part in? Please, comment below and share with us! Because on March 17th, we all carry with us a little Luck O’ The Irish!

Bead Soup! What to do?!


I’m guilty. You’re (probably) guilty. But I’m REALLY guilty. I blame my love for beads – my utter infatuation with them. What am I talking about, you ask? BEAD SOUP is what I’m talking about.

So inevitably, every single time I finish a beading project I have beads left over. Do I put them back? Do I re-organize them back into their little baggies and viles and slots and bins? Of course not! I push them off to the side into a pile and excitedly jump to the next project. Once I finish that project those leftovers get pushed aside, too! (And usually into the last pile) I make BEAD SOUP – all the time. Bead soup – with every sparkly spice there is. My name is Leah, and I have a problem. But the first step is admitting it, right?

Ok, so what’s the best course of action? I could take the time and go through all of them (piles of dozens, sometimes hundreds of beads) and re-sort them but why do that when I can use these beautiful organically-made mixes of crystal, pearl, and glass to make some gorgeous jewelry! Problem solved, it’s a win-win!



While a jumbled mix of beads in varying shapes, sizes, and materials can be daunting, I’m here to walk you through the steps of a really great casual necklace design that’s perfect for Bead Soup. We’ll utilize a selection from my soup mix along with some fine-gauged wire, leather, and contemporary side-placed Toggle closure!




**NOTE** Click any of the images below to see them LARGER!

1.) To start, you’ll have to cut a length of your leather cord. The piece of leather cord will be the back of the necklace heading down towards the front of your neck. Don’t worry too much about determining an exact length as you’ll be able to adjust how long your necklace is when you’re working on the beaded portion later. However, the amount of cord you cut should be around 12″-14″ in length. The beaded portion of your necklace will add the additional length needed/desired to make the necklace fit however you’d like.

2.) Slide the end of your cord through the loop of your Toggle closure LOOP. Bend the cord back to itself and use your wire to tightly wrap and secure. Wrap approx 6-8 times, tightly, and then use your wire cutters to snip off the ends.



3.) Use your chain nose pliers to gently tuck in the 2 ends of the piece of wire. It’s important that no sharp edges of sticking out that may be uncomfortable on your neck. Once you’ve completed these steps with one side of your cord, REPEAT on the other end of your cord EXCEPT do not thread your cord through anything, simply leave it as a cord loop with nothing hanging off of it (see third image below)



4.) Now we’ll be working with your Bead Soup to design the beaded strands of the necklace. My tip for getting started is to pick out some “focal” beads that you want to feature. Place these in front of you – laying out some focal beads for both the top and bottom strand of the necklace. Next, pick a smattering of small beads to fill in between them. **If you’re already starting with a lovely looking Bead Soup, you can’t go wrong with what you pick to go in between your focal beads so sometimes the less you think about it the better. (Check out our Bead Soup video for some extra tips on bead-layout!)

String up the beads for both beaded sections of your necklace to see how they look on your SoftFlex. I recommend cutting a piece of SoftFlex (7-8″ long) and starting your bead stringing in the middle and work your way out from the center. You want the upper strand to be slightly shorter than the bottom strand, so make sure to use about an inch LESS of beads to create this graduated look.



5.) Once you’re happy with what you’ve strung up, we’re now going to attach your beaded strands to the rest of the necklace. Slide on a crimp bead to the end of your wire and then thread on some small beads all together. (In the image below, I’ve used (6) 3mm Fire Polish beads – but any group will do! Their purpose is simply to decoratively cover up the beaded wire loop we’ll be making now.) Now take the end of your SoftFlex and slide it back through your crimp bead. When you pull this tight you’ll have a small beaded loop going through your leather loop. Take your Chain Nose pliers and SQUISH your crimp bead so it holds everything in place. Lastly, slide a few beads from your strand over the tail of wire that’s left.



6.) Now repeat the crimping process on the other side of your SoftFlex, attaching this end to your Toggle Closure BAR. The only difference here is that you won’t be using any small beads to create a beaded loop like you did in the previous step. …So thread on a crimp, thread your wire through the small loop of the toggle closure bar, and then thread your wire back down through your crimp and ALSO the first few beads right after it. Then, PULL so it all tightens up. Lastly, SQUISH your crimp with your Chain Nose Pliers to secure.




7.) Repeat steps 5 & 6 with the other strand of beads.



8.) Now… You’re ALL DONE!  Enjoy 🙂



Our New Website Grand Opening!


Hello Beaderkin! Have you taken a look at our website lately? If so, you may have noticed some HUGE changes and updates! After many months of planning, down to the smallest detail and down to the wire, our brand new website was launched mid-last week and WENT LIVE Wednesday night! If you woke up on Thursday morning and checked out (because why wouldn’t you want to look at beads while drinking your cup of coffee?) you’ll have noticed a gorgeous new website design complete with brand new logo!


We had YOU in mind during the creative process from start to finish. We wanted a bold and modern new shopping interface that would make it easier for you, our valued customers, to find exactly what you need and introduce you to all the exciting new products Eureka brings you!



Check out some of the great new sections on our main page like “Beads and Stones Just for You” and “Trending Now” which link you to some of the hottest products and deals on the website!



Take a moment and show off your beadwork for a chance to win a visa gift card).



Stop by our “Eureka Bead Academy Blog” and immerse yourself in helpful knowledge about beads, tips & tricks, what’s new with Eureka, and what’s hot in the bead and jewelry industry!


Here at Eureka Crystal Beads we want YOU excited about what WE’RE excited about! And we are definitely excited about our new website and all of the other great new products and news to come in the near future! Please, head on over to for a fantastic new shopping experience! We’re hoping you love it as much as we do.

From all of us here at Eureka Crystal Beads, WELCOME to a new bead experience.


Part 3: Czech Glass!

Next time you peruse your beads, think about the specific beads in your collection that truly stand out to you…the ones that make you just a little extra happy when you look at them. What about those beads makes you love them just a little bit more? I’m willing to bet it’s not so much the bead – but the FINISH! The same simple bead can be utterly transformed with various finishes currently available on the market. Today, in part 3 of our new blog mini-series, we’ll review Czech glass beads and just SOME of the amazing finishes that can be found coating them!

Here at Eureka Crystal Beads, we carry a huge selection of Czech glass! On our website we offer a variety of shapes and sizes in various colors that feature these lovely finishes. Below, in our third and final installment in this mini-series, I’ll review the many standard finishes you can expect to find on these lovely beads! Note: Often, more than one finish can be combined on the same bead!

AB ,


AB stands for Aurora Borealis, and whether a seed bead finish is “AB,” “Rainbow,” or “Iris,” they all have one aspect in common: an oil-slick rainbow effect that tends to pick up on whatever else it’s near and can become more or less intense depending on the color underneath it. This will usually cover one part of the bead.


Bronze These beads are coated with a bronze-gold glaze and baked.


Iris Metal Rainbow-type coating, usually found mainly on opaque beads




Slightly less than a matter surface, a frosted finish may resemble sea glass!


Opal If the glass is an Opal glass, it is generally milky and translucent. If it’s the finish that is Opal, the finish will give a bead a milky/pearly effect.


Opaque An opaque glass bead is one that is solid color throughout and that doesn’t let light pass through.


Luster This finish, which is a transparent glaze, provides a white shine to the outside of the bead.


Marea A gold/orange effect over part of a bead


Matte Matte surface beads lack any shiny surface. (When combined with an AB-type finish, they truly take on a beautiful depth!)


Metallic Coated in a metal-type finish that creates a highly reflective bead surface


Peacock A rainbow metallic finish, often with a blue/green tint


Pearl Opaque Luster coating giving the look of an actual pearl when applied over glass.


Satin – Soft dull or flat sheen A soft and hazy luminescent finish


Transparent A clear bead with or without color that allows all light to pass though.


Vitrail Silver/Iridescent finish on part of a bead, often with a bright orange/pink tint



Part 2: Seed Beads!

Next time you peruse your beads, think about the specific beads in your collection that truly stand out to you…the ones that make you just a little extra happy when you look at them. What about those beads makes you love them just a little bit more? I’m willing to bet it’s not so much the bead – but the FINISH! The same simple bead can be utterly transformed with various finishes currently available on the market. Today, in part 2 of our new blog mini-series, we’ll review seed beads and just SOME of the amazing finishes that can be found coating them!

Here at Eureka Crystal Beads, we carry a huge selection of seed beads! On our website we offer a variety of Toho and Miyuki Japanese seed beads in various sizes that feature these lovely finishes. Below, in part 2 of our 3-part blog mini-series on finishes, I’ll review the many standard finishes you can expect to find on these teeny tiny bits of glass! Note: Some finishes below can be found combined on the same bead! (e.g. Matte AND Rainbow!)

Opaque An opaque seed bead is one that is solid color throughout and that doesn’t let light pass through.
Transparent A clear bead with or without color that allows all light to pass though.



AB stands for Aurora Borealis, and whether a seed bead finish is “AB,” “Rainbow,” or “Iris,” they all have one aspect in common: an oil-slick rainbow effect that tends to pick up on whatever else it’s near and can become more or less intense depending on the color underneath it.
Luster This finish provides a white shine to the outside of the seedbead
Ceylon Ceylon seed beads are often pastel in nature due to the finish that provides a white luster that has a pearlescent quality as well, unlike a regular luster. Just be warned: sometimes the colors may fade a bit if exposed to lots of sun.
Galvanized Similar to Ceylon above, galvanized finished CAN rub off over time so it’s best to use them on area of your beadwork that will rub less against the skin. Provided proper care is taken, Galvanized seed beads have a beautiful METALLIC look.


Protective coatings developed by Muyuki & Toho to help give a longer lasting life to the Galvanized finish. Galvanized seed beads will be less prone to losing their coating with wear – though it’s not fail-proof.


This finish pertains to the inside hole of the seed bead being brightly lined with metallic silver that shows through the transparent or translucent glass.


One thing Matte and Frosted have in common is a lack of shiny reflective surface. Frosted seed beads are a more subtle version of a matte seed bead – similar to the look of sea glass, while matte is much more flat.

This finish can also be applied on top of a seed bead that already has an AB, Rainbow, Iris finish providing a seed bead with lots of iridescent depth!

Luminous This finish is a bright INTENSE neon color applied to the inside hole of a seed bead that’s otherwise transparent.
Plated Seed beads can be plated with various precious metals such as 24k gold, Sterling Silver, or Palladium. Similar to a Galvanized coating, this CAN rub off with wear, but it is more durable than a regular galvanized finish. These beads are also susceptible to some tarnishing due to the precious metal nature of the plating.
Magic Similar to the Luminous finish, this is also a finish applied to the inner hole of a transparent seed bead. This finish, however, reminiscent of Dichroic glass in how it shimmers with color and hints of metallic.
Silk/Satin These seed beads tend to be slightly faceted and light to deep pastel in nature. Similar to Mica, the finish is slightly reflective and translucent. Just be careful – they tend to have sharper edges than many other seed beads!
Color Lined Similar other lined seed beads with an effect lining the inner hole, these transparent seed beads feature a bright colored lining adding a lovely effect through the glass!