Austrian Swarovski Crystals- Beads with a high lead content and precision faceting.
Bugle Beads- Tube shaped beads from 2mm to 30mm in length. These can be straight, hex cut, or twisted along their length.
Charlotte's- These are seed beads that have been ground flat on one side.
Transparent — Classic, changeable, transparent glows with background light, and changes with the colour of the beads around it.
Opaque — Always useful, opaque glass. A solid-colored bead commonly seen in the traditional Native American beadwork.
Metallic — for the rich, metallic look.
Lustre — a subtle look, Lustre is softer than a high-gloss.
Colour-Lined — a colour-core with a transparent coat.
Satin- Directional sheen due to many tiny bubbles pulled through the glass as the bead is formed.
Silver-Lined — A silver inner core, with a transparent colour overlay gives a glittering, luxurious effect.
Oily — despite the odd name, is a lovely, subtle finish, slightly lustrous.
Matte — Matte is a silky soft non-glossy finish. May be combined with another finish
Iris or Aurora Borealis (AB) — Aurora Borealis or Iris is an iridescent finish reminiscent of the play of colours on a soap bubble. May be transparent or opaque, glossy or matte.
Dyed — some colours are harder to create and are simulated with dyes. The dyes do not rub off in these beads, but may fade with time.
Pearl — very subtle lustrous finish