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Crystal beads vs glass beads

What is the difference between crystal beads and glass beads?

Crystal beads is made from glass that has lead oxide added to normal glass to make the beads more brilliant. Lead oxide added to the molten glass makes the beads refract light more efficiently. This gives crystal beads a higher index of refraction than normal glass beads, and consequently much greater lustre and sparkle.

The lead oxide content also increases the weight of the crystal beads as compared to normal glass beads.

Different types of crystal beads have different levels of lead oxide content. Typically the higher the level of lead oxide content the more the beads will sparkle.

Our Auralescent beads have a lead oxide content of over 26%.
Our standard crystal beads have a lead oxide content of 16% - 23%.

For faceted beads, regardless of whether they are made of crystal or glass, the more facets they have the more the beads will sparkle. Typically beads with more facets have a higher price as they are more difficult to cut.