Silverlined ~ These beads have a silver
lining in the hole, making them shimmer and shine.
Good to use in areas where you want the color to stand out and
be noticed. Harsh abrasion and/or extreme age will scratch the
lining out of the bead.
Transparent ~ means see-through. Light passes
through these beads from all angles. Transparent beads usually
recede in a pattern. Good to use when you want subtle color.
Transparent Lustre ~ is a see-through glass with
a shiny lustre on the surface.
Again subtle color, but with just a flash of light. Depending
on what the beads are next to, they will either recede or stand
Colorlined ~ is clear glass with a color
lining the hole. Even the brightest of these beads tend to recede
in a pattern.
Brighter shades of colorlined beads can fade in sunlight over
time. Also harsh use, abrasion and/or age will scratch the lining
out of this bead. Colorlined beads should always be checked for
durability before use. The beads should never be dry cleaned,
worn into water or used around aerosol sprays. When used properly
and in the proper context, colorlined beads are beautiful.
Transparent AB ~ is see-through glass with
an Aurora Borealis (all the colors of the rainbow) finish on
the surface. The AB on these beads allows them to stand out in
a pattern. Good to use when you want a bright and shiny effect.
Goldlustre ~ is a term to describe the
tinge of gold on the surface of these beads. Some may be a single
color with the Goldlustre on the surface, others can be a glass
of one color and the lustre of another. Because of the brightness
of the lustre, these beads will stand out in a pattern.
Fancy ~ includes many styles of glass,
colored glass with a different colored lining, with or without
an AB finish, and also some special lustre finishes. Most tend
to stand out in a pattern because of their brightness and the
variety of colors all in one bead.
Colored glass with a colored lining should be treated as the
above Colorlined beads.
Opaque ~ is a solid colored glass.
No light passes through.This is the most common and least expensive
They tend to stand out in a pattern unless used with Silverlined
or very bright beads, then they will recede.
Opaque Lustre ~ is a solid colored glass with
a shiny lustre on the surface. No light passes through, but the
lustered finish makes them stand out.
Metallics ~ are solid colored glass with
a metal looking finish applied. Very durable, although with harsh
chemicals or severe scratching, the surface can be removed. Most
metallics tend to be on the more expensive side. This is due
to both the chemicals needed to create the colors and the added
handling needed to produce the metallic coating.
Galvanized ~ Solid glass with a shiny metal
looking coating that is not durable. It will scratch, rub and
fade off easily.
Those with a high Ph level can remove the coating just by holding
the beads in their hands. (I'm one of those =o/ )
Ceylon ~ is a semi-translucent glass
with a shiny pearl finish on the surface. Nice light, bright
colors that stand out in a pattern.
Bright pink Ceylon beads can fade in direct sunlight, however
they rarely loose their color in bleach.
Giltlined ~ are a semi-translucent opaly
glass with a golden metal color lining. Not as bright and flashy
as silverlined. More of a subtle glow. The giltlining tends to
make the colors warm. Depending on what they are used with will
determine if they recede or stand out.
Silverlined AB ~ is a colored glass with a
silver lining in the hole plus an AB finish on the surface. The
AB finish gives these beads shades of color all their own (ie.
the red takes on a fuchsia hue). Bright & Bold. Really stand
out in a pattern
Shimmering ~ This is a relatively new finish
on seed beads, adapted from a Delica finish. Crystal clear colorlined
glass with a shimmering lustre on the surface. Most colors are
muted making them slightly recede into a pattern. There are a
few colors now with colored glass with a different colorlining.
Silverlined Matte ~ As with the regular silverlined
beads, these are colored glass with a silver lining in the hole.
Bright and shiney. The added matte finish dulls the effect slightly
but also makes the bead appear to glow. Regardless of the matte
finish, these beads still tend to stand out in a pattern.
Transparent Matte ~ see-thru glass with a heavy
matte finish. As with almost all mattes, these beads recede in
AB ~ Translucent
see-thru glass with a heavy matte finish, plus an AB effect added.
Depending on what these beads are mixed with they can stand out
in a pattern.
Opaque Matte ~ Solid colored glass with a
matte finish. These beads have a richness to them because of
the matte finish.
AB ~ Not only
does the bead have the sparkle and color of an AB finish, but
it also has that look of an
"inner glow" that comes from matting a silverlined
Metallic Matte ~ Solid colored glass beads
with a metal finish that has been matted. Very durable. Because
of the vast array of color play on these beads, they will respond
within a pattern either by standing out or receding determined
by what they are next to.