What are glass crystal beads? Glass crystal beads are decorative beads made of glass and an added element to make them sparkle. In the past they were made using lead oxide however that is no longer an acceptable practice. Other metal oxides are used in varying amounts to produce a glass crystal that is stronger and more refractive to light. They are then cut with extremely precise facets to allow maximum light refraction and sparkle.
They often look like precious crystals such as diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, and rubies. These beads are cut using diamond blades or lasers so they reflect light and create a sparkling effect that adds a touch of elegance to jewellery designs. Glass crystal beads come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and finishes, including faceted rounds, bicones, teardrops, cubes, and more.
They are a popular choice for jewellery making and can be used in necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and other accessories. Glass crystal beads can also be combined with other types of beads and materials, such as metal charms and pendants, to create unique and eye-catching designs.
How to tell the difference between glass and crystal beads. The difference between Glass Beads vs Crystal Beads can be quite significant. Glass beads will tend to have a less sharp facet. If the cuts are clean and sharp and the bead sparkled in the light, it’s most likely crystal. Another way to distinguish glass vs crystal beads is to examine the quality and consistency. Glass beads will usually have a less consistent facet and any colour or plating won’t be as perfect as that on crystal beads.
Where can you find glass crystal beads for sale? Right here and on show at Beads N Crystals in Brisbane. Glass crystal beads are ideal for jewellery making as well as for suncatchers and decorations. Below are our best value economical range of glass crystal beads. We also stock Swarovski and Preciosa Crystal beads from Europe which you’ll find in their respective categories.