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Crystal

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.

So crystal is a form of glass. However in bead terminology, the term Glass beads are used to refer to beads made from glass that is not crystal. Crystal beads are beads made from crystal.

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.

Example glass beads

Below are some examples of crystal beads.

shopFaceted bicones

Crystal beads that are faceted bicones in shape.

shopFaceted disc shape

Crystal beads that are faceted disc shape.

shopTear drop shape

Crystal beads that are tear drop shape.

shopRound shape

Crystal beads that are round shape.

shopCube shape

Crystal beads that are cube shape.

shopFaceted round

Crystal beads that are faceted round shape.