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Barrel Beads
Briolette & Teardrop Beads

 
Button Beads
Chip Beads
Barrels Briolette & Teardrop Button & Coin Chips
Cube & Square Beads Frame Beads Nugget Beads Oval Beads
Cube & Square Frame Nuggets Oval
Pillow & Rectangle Beads Rondelle Beads Tube Beads Wavy Beads
Pillow & Rectangle Rondelle Tubes Wavy
Heisui Beads Flower Beads Faceted Beads Heart Beads
Heishi Flower Faceted Heart
Donut Beads Icicle Beads Fancy Drop Beads Skull Beads
Donut Icicle Fancy Drop Skulls

 

Not all beads are round. Hard stones can be carved into almost any shape, although many are cut to similar facets as natural crystal gems like diamonds. Furthermore, these faceted beads need not be round either - they can be made oval, square, rhombus, and a whole range of other forms. Beads of differing shape add interest to the design of a necklace or bracelet.

Getting to know the various shapes at this early stage will really help you as a beader. As you can see, there are far more shapes than you may initially have thought. Getting the perfect beads will really improve your jewelry making skills.

Beads are a really versatile material that can be used for so much. You can make everything from bracelets to beaded bags. It is really satisfying to create your own piece of jewellery and if you give it as a gift to friends and family it is something they can treasure forever. If you are a professional beader you are able to create things to sell in markets, shops or online. We hope seeing the collection of beads above, you will feel inspired and start getting creative.

Many shapes are obvious like “heart” or “leaf” - but others, like “briolette” or “rombus” are not so well know. As a beader, you should familiarize yourself to the standard shapes available, so you know what you will be getting without looking at a picture. Don’t forget beads are three-dimensional: so round or oval can also be flat or puff. Pillow can be rectangle or square, and nugget can be almost any shape not uniform (sometimes called freeform).