Please be aware that all the jewellery is hand made by myself, and should be treated with care. To keep your jewellery in good condition, avoid contact with substances such as perfume and hairspray.It is best to spray on perfume and hairspray at least ten minutes before and waiting until it is dry before putting on your jewellery.Keep the items in sealable bag when not being worn, as constant exposure to air will result in the silver tarnishing quickly. Keep them away from young children as the beads could present a choking hazzard.

A Little Information About Beads           

Cloisonne    Made by wiring flower shapes onto a metal bead with layers of enamel to give the different colours. Beautiful. Slight variations from bead to bead because they are handmade. 

Paua Shell   

Paua is a species of abalone(Haiotis Iris) It is only  found in the sea around New Zealand.This marine mollusk eats seaweed and lives clinging to the rocks at depths of 1-10 meters,normally along the shore line.Paua shell is the most colourful of all the abalone shells.Most other abalone are pale in comparison.

                                   

Murano Glass

Produced in Italy (the island of Murano gives its name to the glass), these beads are exceptionally high quality and lined with silver or gold.

 

Millefiore Glass     Slender rods or tubes of colored glass fused together and embedded in clear glass; - used for paperweights and other small articles such as beads.  

 

Polymer Clay    As opposed to earthenware clay, polymer clay is a manufactured modeling compound that remains soft until heated in the oven. It is a combination of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), plasticizers and pigment.

 

Swarovski Crytsal  Swarovski represents the heigth of unmatched quality, unique variety, crystal brilliance. It is also known as the " affordable diamond."

 

                                       Bead Finishes   

              Colour-lined beads are made with transparent glass but have an opaque colour dyed or painted inside the hole. This colour is protected from excessive abrasion but can be rubbed off by thread

Iridescent (or Iris, Aurora Borealis (AB) or rainbow) beads are transparent, opal or opaque beads with durable multicoloured shiny finishes applied by fuming metal salts onto the hot glass for a permanent bond.

 

Lustre beads (known as luster in the US) are transparent, opal, or opaque beads with transparent, uniform shiny finishes that are usually permanent. Opaque lustre beads are often called pearl and opal lustre beads are sometimes called Ceylon.

 

Matt (known as matte in the US) have flat, dull or frosted finishes.

Metallic (or galvanised) beads are glass beads that have a shiny, metal-like surface coating which is usually a baked-on paint. The coating may wear off over time.

 

Opal beads transmit light but are milky or translucent. Good opal glass glows like an opal gemstone.

 

Opaque beads transmit no light and you cannot see through them.

Painted or Dyed beads have bright or unusual colours achieved by applying dye or paint to the finished beads with heat and solvents. These dyes can wear off.

Satin beads look striated or layered because of the many minute air bubbles pulled through while the molten glass is formed. The apparent shade varies with viewing angle.

Silver-lined (or silverlined or SL) beads are made with transparent or opal glass and have a mirror like reflective lining in their holes. Usually, but not always, the hole is square to enhance the bead's reflectiveness.

 

Translucent beads transmit light and you can see through them though not clearly.

Transparent beads transmit light and you can see clearly through them.

 

DESCRIPTIONS:

Descriptions are those used commonly in the trade and beads are as described by my suppliers and are given in good faith. When the terms gold and silver are used, these are intended to refer to colour only unless otherwise stated. As items are handmade and some comprise natural materials then slight variations in size, shape and colour may occur although I will attempt to match items as best as I can. Images of items are as accurate a representation of colours as I can achieve but are intended as a guide only and not an exact match.

 

NICKEL:

Nickel content most items are bought from UK suppliers who are able to confirm that most metal components comply with EU nickel directives and are low nickel. Exceptions to this are those items made and supplied from outside the EU for which it is not always possible to guarantee the nickel content. Metals in direct contact with the skin eg chains and earhooks are all EU compliant. However anyone with particular sensitivity may prefer to avoid items which include Tibetan silver or silver spacer beads.

 

 

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