Beads are produced in various materials, such as gemstone, glass, wood, metal and so on. Precious and Semi-Precious Gemstone Beads such as Pearls, Opals, and Alloy, come from natural and manmade sources. 

If you are new to jewelry making, first try and avoid the seed beads as they are very small, and it would be better to choose a little larger bead, for example, Gemstone Beads, Glass Beads,  European Style Beads  (large hole jewelry beads) etc. for your precious jewelry projects.

Among these popular beads, stone beads have a long history in fashion decoration. Semi-Precious Gemstone Beads were first used in France about 38,000 years ago as a currency and in ornaments.

Gemstones have been an important part of many cultures for centuries. In Africa, beads form part of personal decoration in almost all societies, though their origin and use depends on the social group, on the political and economic structure and their role in the trading system. The widely used beads include born beads and Stone Beads. These beads are used in Africa to create objects which represent a spiritual value for the survival of the community. These objects play an essential role in rituals to ensure the continuity of the group, birth, circumcision, marriage, warrior rites, dignity and death.

If you try and trace the history of the Gemstone Beads, you can find many proofs or sketches of historical people and tribes wearing them, of course, not only in Africa.

Not only in the past, but also in today’s fashion industry the Gemstone Beads play a very important role.  Today, stone beads are widely used to make creative or designer jewelry and to adorn or embellish accessories. These beads can be used to create beautiful or elegant bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings.

Gemstone Bead Jewelry can be used to assert one’s personality for self-expression, and both Gemstones and Gemstone Jewelry, are very popular.

In many countries or cultures, a Gemstone is considered as a very precious gift to be given, like Amber, Jet and/or Jade etc.  Different stones have different effects or morals, and should be presented with correct effects to correct people. For example, different Birth Stones  are suitable for people who are born in different months for the special meaning of each birthday stone.

If you want to get stone beads on today’s jewelry market, you will find you have a huge range of selection. And you will get a wider selection and cheaper prices if you purchase them from  online stores .

Gemstones, also called gems, precious stones and Sem-Precious Stones.  They are pieces of attractive minerals, which are cut and polished and used in making jewelry and adornments.

Many Gemstones are hard, and there are also some soft ones that are also considered in jewelry making because of their physical properties and lustre that bring aesthetic value to the finished product.

They are manufactured in different shapes and sizes and undergo various finishing techniques that influence their quality and worth.