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.

 

 

  • Rose Gold Filled 4mm Smooth Round Seamless Bead with 1.8mm hole
    $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
  • 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
  • FAITH Bead - Antique Rhodium
    $0.99

    FAITH Bead - Antique Rhodium

    T5645-60

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

    $0.99
  • Hammered Bail Spacer - Gold
    $0.89

    Hammered Bail Spacer - Gold

    T5816-25

    Hammered Bail Spacer - Gold

    $0.89
  • Distressed Barrel Bead - Gold
    $1.99

    Distressed Barrel Bead - Gold

    T5791-25

    Distressed Barrel Bead (5.5mm x 7mm 2mm x 4.3mm Hole) - Gold

    $1.99
  • 5mm KENYAN HEISHA Beads (1mm ID) - Antique Copper
    $3.49

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

    T0434-18

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

    $3.49
  • 5mm KENYAN HEISHA Beads (1mm ID) - Gold
    $3.99

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

    T0434-25

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

    $3.99
  • HOPE Bead - Antique Rhodium
    $0.99

    HOPE Bead - Antique Rhodium

    T5639-60

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

    $0.99
  • Ladybug Bead - Antique Gold
    $1.19

    Ladybug Bead - Antique Gold

    T5521-26

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

    $1.19
  • Distressed Barrel Bead - Antique Pewter
    $1.79

    Distressed Barrel Bead - Antique Pewter

    T5791-40

    Distressed Barrel Bead (5.5mm x 7mm 2mm x 4.3mm Hole) - Antique Pewter

    $1.79
  • HOPE Bead - Antique Gold
    $1.19

    HOPE Bead - Antique Gold

    T5639-26

    HOPE Bead (6mm x 10.75mm; Hole ID 1mm) - Antique Gold

    $1.19
  • 2.4mm Metal Bead - Gold
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    $1.99

    2.4mm Metal Bead - Gold

    MBR24-GP

    2.4mm Metal Bead - Gold

    $1.99
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  • LOVE Bead - Antique Rhodium
    $0.99

    LOVE Bead - Antique Rhodium

    T5640-60

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

    $0.99
  • Deco Barrel Bead - Antique Silver
    $0.89

    Deco Barrel Bead - Antique Silver

    T5803-12

    Deco Barrel Bead (9.3mm x 6mm 2.2mm x 4.7mm Hole) - Antique Silver

    $0.89
  • JOY Bead - Antique Rhodium
    $0.99

    JOY Bead - Antique Rhodium

    T5644-60

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

    $0.99
  • Ladybug Bead - Antique Silver
    $0.99

    Ladybug Bead - Antique Silver

    T5521-12

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

    $0.99
  • Sold out
    $1.29

    4mm Metal Bead - Copper

    MBR04-CP

    4mm Metal Bead - Copper

    $1.29
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  • $0.99

    3mm Metal Bead - Copper

    MBR03-CP

    3mm Metal Bead - Copper

    $0.99
  • Hammertone Rondelle Bead - Brass Oxide***
    $0.99

    Hammertone Rondelle Bead - Brass Oxide***

    T5856-27

    Hammertone Rondelle Bead (7.25mm x 4mm 1.5mm Hole) - Brass Oxide

    $0.99
  • Hammertone Rondelle Bead - Rhodium***
    $1.29

    Hammertone Rondelle Bead - Rhodium***

    T5856-61

    Hammertone Rondelle Bead (7.25mm x 4mm 1.5mm Hole) - Rhodium

    $1.29
  • Hammertone Dagger Bead - Antique Copper***
    $1.19

    Hammertone Dagger Bead - Antique Copper***

    T5855-18

    Hammertone Dagger Bead (14.75mm x 5.25mm 1.25mm Hole) - Antique Copper

    $1.19
  • Hammertone Dagger Bead - Rhodium***
    $1.59

    Hammertone Dagger Bead - Rhodium***

    T5855-61

    Hammertone Dagger Bead (14.75mm x 5.25mm 1.25mm Hole) - Rhodium

    $1.59
  • Hammertone Dagger Bead - Gold***
    $1.19

    Hammertone Dagger Bead - Gold***

    T5855-25

    Hammertone Dagger Bead (14.75mm x 5.25mm 1.25mm Hole) - Gold

    $1.19
  • Hammertone Dagger Bead - Brass Oxide***
    $1.19

    Hammertone Dagger Bead - Brass Oxide***

    T5855-27

    Hammertone Dagger Bead (14.75mm x 5.25mm 1.25mm Hole) - Brass Oxide

    $1.19