metal beads

Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper and sometimes nickel. The sterling silver standard has a minimum millesimal fineness of 925.

Fine silver, for example 99.9% pure silver, is relatively soft, so silver is usually alloyed with copper to increase its hardness and strength. Sterling silver is prone to tarnishing but elements other than copper can be used in alloys to reduce tarnishing. Such an element is germanium with an example of an alloy using this element being argentium.

Gold Filled pieces of high quality have the same appearance as high carat gold, and gold-filled items, with daily wear can last 10 to 30 years, though the layer of gold will eventually wear off exposing the metal underneath. The layer of gold on gold-filled items is 5 to 10 times thicker than that produced by regular gold plating, and 15 to 25 times thicker than that produced by gold electroplate.

Silver Filled is a layer of .925 or better silver which is mechanically bonded to a brass core. It is hundreds of times thicker than silver plating and has the same properties as Sterling Silver.

Silver plated items are made of another kind of material like copper, nickel, brass, or pewter that is coated with a very thin layer of silver.

Vermeil, also known as “silver gilt”, refers to high quality (pure or sterling) silver that is plated with a thin layer of gold. Most vermeil available today is created by electroplating the silver with gold, a process that binds the two metals together. It has to meet specific standards to be considered true vermeil.

 

 

  • 2.4mm Metal Bead - Gold
    $1.99

    2.4mm Metal Bead - Gold

    MBR24-GP

    2.4mm Metal Bead - Gold

    $1.99
  • Sterling Silver 2.5mm Smooth Round Seamless Light Weight Bead with .9mm Hole
    $1.19

    Sterling Silver 2.5mm Smooth Round Seamless Light Weight Bead with .9mm Hole

    SS-3034-2.5

    Sterling Silver 2.5mm Smooth Round Seamless Light Weight Bead with .9mm Hole

    $1.19
  • 5mm KENYAN HEISHA Beads (1mm ID) - Gold Plate
    $3.99

    5mm KENYAN HEISHA Beads (1mm ID) - Gold Plate

    T0434-25

    5mm KENYAN HEISHA Beads (1mm ID) - Gold

    $3.99
  • Sterling Silver 6mm Smooth Round Seamless Light Weight Bead with 1.9mm Hole
    $3.59

    Sterling Silver 6mm Smooth Round Seamless Light Weight Bead with 1.9mm Hole

    SS-3034-6S

    Sterling Silver 6mm Smooth Round Seamless Light Weight Bead with 1.9mm Hole

    $3.59
  • 5mm NUGGET HEISHA Beads (1.25mm ID) - Rhodium Plate
    $5.99

    5mm NUGGET HEISHA Beads (1.25mm ID) - Rhodium Plate

    T0435-61

    5mm NUGGET HEISHA Beads (1.25mm ID) - Rhodium

    $5.99
  • Sterling Silver 4mm SPARKLE BEAD with 1.3mm Hole
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    $1.49

    Sterling Silver 4mm SPARKLE BEAD with 1.3mm Hole

    SS-3015-4

    Sterling Silver 4mm SPARKLE BEAD with 1.3mm Hole

    $1.49
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  • 5mm KENYAN HEISHA Beads (1mm ID) - Silver Plate
    $3.49

    5mm KENYAN HEISHA Beads (1mm ID) - Silver Plate

    T0434-11

    5mm KENYAN HEISHA Beads (1mm ID) - Silver

    $3.49
  • Sterling Silver 8mm Smooth Round Seamless Light Weight Bead with 2.5mm Hole
    $3.79

    Sterling Silver 8mm Smooth Round Seamless Light Weight Bead with 2.5mm Hole

    SS-3034-8

    Sterling Silver 8mm Smooth Round Seamless Light Weight Bead with 2.5mm Hole

    $3.79
  • Rose Gold Filled 3mm Smooth Round Seamless Bead with 1.5mm hole
    $3.79

    Rose Gold Filled 3mm Smooth Round Seamless Bead with 1.5mm hole

    RGF-3000-3

    Rose Gold Filled 3mm Smooth Round Seamless Bead with 1.5mm hole

    $3.79
  • 6mm HEISHA Beads (1.25mm ID) - Silver Plate
    $5.99

    6mm HEISHA Beads (1.25mm ID) - Silver Plate

    T0407-11

    6mm HEISHA Beads (1.25mm ID) - Silver

    $5.99
  • Ladybug Bead - Antique Gold Plate
    $1.39

    Ladybug Bead - Antique Gold Plate

    T5521-26

    Ladybug Bead (10.25mm x 8.25mm 1.25 ID Hole) - Antique Gold

    $1.39
  • Floral Round Bead - Antique Silver Plate
    $0.99

    Floral Round Bead - Antique Silver Plate

    T5601-12

    Floral Round Bead (8mm; Hole ID: 1mm) - Antique Silver

    $0.99
  • Sterling Silver 5.2mm Bead Ring with 1.3mm Hole
    $7.99

    Sterling Silver 5.2mm Bead Ring with 1.3mm Hole

    SS-3020-5.2

    Sterling Silver 5.2mm Bead Ring with 1.3mm Hole

    $7.99
  • Rose Gold Filled 2mm Smooth Round Seamless Bead with 0.9mm hole
    $1.99

    Rose Gold Filled 2mm Smooth Round Seamless Bead with 0.9mm hole

    RGF-3000-2

    Rose Gold Filled 2mm Smooth Round Seamless Bead with 0.9mm hole

    $1.99
  • Ladybug Bead - Antique Silver Plate
    $1.19

    Ladybug Bead - Antique Silver Plate

    T5521-12

    Ladybug Bead (10.25mm x 8.25mm 1.25 ID Hole) - Antique Silver

    $1.19
  • FAITH Bead - Antique Rhodium Plate
    $0.99

    FAITH Bead - Antique Rhodium Plate

    T5645-60

    FAITH Bead (6mm x 10.75mm; Hole ID 1mm) - Antique Rhodium

    $0.99
  • Floral Round Bead - Antique Gold Plate
    $1.39

    Floral Round Bead - Antique Gold Plate

    T5601-26

    Floral Round Bead (8mm; Hole ID: 1mm) - Antique Gold

    $1.39
  • Bow Bead - Antique Silver Plate
    $1.19

    Bow Bead - Antique Silver Plate

    T5610-12

    Bow Bead (10.25mm x 14mm 1mm ID Hole) - Antique Silver

    $1.19
  • Bunny Bead - Antique Silver Plate
    $0.99

    Bunny Bead - Antique Silver Plate

    T5620-12

    Bunny Bead (7.5mm x 9mm 1mm ID Hole) - Antique Silver

    $0.99
  • Sterling Silver 6mm Sparkle Bead with 1.5mm Hole
    $4.49

    Sterling Silver 6mm Sparkle Bead with 1.5mm Hole

    SS-3015-6

    Sterling Silver 6mm Sparkle Bead with 1.5mm Hole

    $4.49
  • Rose Gold Filled 4mm Smooth Round Seamless Bead with 1.8mm hole
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    $6.99

    Rose Gold Filled 4mm Smooth Round Seamless Bead with 1.8mm hole

    RGF-3000-4

    Rose Gold Filled 4mm Smooth Round Seamless Bead with 1.8mm hole

    $6.99
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  • 4mm HEISHA Beads (1mm ID) - Antique Silver Plate
    $2.79

    4mm HEISHA Beads (1mm ID) - Antique Silver Plate

    T0408-12

    4mm HEISHA Beads (1mm ID) - Antique Silver

    $2.79
  • Hummingbird Bead - Antique Gold Plate
    $1.49

    Hummingbird Bead - Antique Gold Plate

    T5518-26

    Hummingbird Bead (12.75mm x 19mm 1.25mm ID Hole) - Antique Gold

    $1.49
  • 5mm KENYAN HEISHA Beads (1mm ID) - Antique Copper Plate
    $3.49

    5mm KENYAN HEISHA Beads (1mm ID) - Antique Copper Plate

    T0434-18

    5mm KENYAN HEISHA Beads (1mm ID) - Antique Copper

    $3.49