Czech Glass Guide to Czech Glass Beads

Guide to Czech Glass Beads

Czech glass beads are well known in the world, with their exemplary craftsmanship, vivid color and bead-to-bead consistency. They are available in a breathtaking variety of vivid colors, and are categorized by their many different shapes and types of Czech Beads. From fire-polished faceted shapes to smooth round druks and more, standard hole to large hole, jewelry designers can choose the beads they need from a kaleidoscope of colors, coatings and finishes.

Fire Polished Beads

Fire polished beads are a popular type of glass bead which are famous for their technique of cutting and heat polishing for centuries. They are round in shape and feature diamond-shaped facets cut into the surface, adding beautiful texture and shine. Add them to necklaces, bracelets, and earrings for a colorful display.

Fire Polished Beads

Druks Beads

Czech druks beads are smooth, round, pressed glass beads made in the Czech Republic. These smooth glass beads come in many fantastic colors and are still made in small quantities by hand, bringing unique artisan style to your creations. Use them as the main components of a project (necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc.) or as additional elements – either way they will look beautiful.

druk beads

Seed beads

Czech seed beads are tiny, rainbow colored beads that come in large quantities.

The Preciosa Company is renowned for the quality of its Czech seed beads. Preciosa Czech seed beads come in a variety of styles including Rocaille (round) Seed Beads, Bugle Beads (long tube shaped beads), Charlotte Cut Seed Beads, etc.

Czech seed beads

Crystal Beads

Preciosa is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high quality cut crystal components, boasting a vast array of cut, color, and coating options. The crystals are considered to be lead free containing less than 0.009% lead and made according to the highest environmental standards.

Crystal Beads

Czech crystal beads vs. Swarovski

Swarovski is a luxury fashion brand made in Austria. Swarovski beads are made in a variety of shapes and can have up to 100 sharp-edged precision-cut facets with a huge variety of colors and shapes. The difference between crystal and glass is the much higher lead content of crystal with gives it superior clarity, sparkle and makes it much harder than glass.

Pearls Beads

These beads are coated with classic, pearly finish. Pair them with sterling silver findings to complete a rich look or experiment in steampunk styles by mixing these soft beads with bolder elements. These pearl beads will bring timeless style to your jewelry designs.

Pearls Beads

Rondelle Beads

Rondelles beads feature a timeless shape that will work in any project. Use them as spacers between larger beads, layer them together for a fun focal, pair them with seed beads for a textural display, and more. There are plenty of choices here to help you create something special. Stock up on these beads and use them again and again in your beaded projects.

Rondelle Beads

Multiple Hole Beads

CzechMates is multi-hole Czech glass beads, including Tile, Brick, Bar, Lentil, Triangle, Crescent, Dagger, QuadraLentil, QuadraTile, Cabochon, and more. These “building blocks of modern beading” feature uniform holes in two-, three-, and four-hole designs that line up with other CzechMates beads for intricate, multi-dimensional designs without puckering or warping.

CzechMates Beads

Table Cut Beads

Table Cut beads are cut using a special grindstone and cut flat on both sides. This allows the beads to display interesting colors and finishes of Czech Glass. Some refer to table cut beads as “window beads” as they’re beautiful windows that allow finish and color to show through the glass.

Table Cut Beads

Lampwork Beads

Lamp beads are unique in the family of glass beads due to their method of production and their technological possibilities. They are the only ones to be manufactured exclusively by means of the manual processing of glass which means that each piece is an original little work of art. Manual decorating enables an almost unlimited combination of various types of colored glass in a single piece and variations of diverse shapes and extreme sizes.

Lampwork Beads

More large hole beads

There are also large hole beads, seven inch strands, antique beads, superduo beads, petal beads, teardrop & pear beads, flower beads, leave beads, and more. The options are truly endless when it comes to selecting the Czech glass bead.

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