Beads Made of Diamonds and Pearls

The two queens of all gemstones, diamonds and pearls, are almost always used to create dazzling jewelry. Increasingly, rough-cut diamond beads are finding their way onto clothing and accessories as embellishments. Because cultivating pearls is so widespread, they are plentiful, inexpensive, and increasingly used as embellishment on clothing and accessories.Diamond Beads: The hardest known substance on the planet, diamonds can only be scratched, cut, or polished by other diamonds. They are approximately 140 times harder than any other known mineral. Diamonds reflect light as they break it into its color spectrum, which is in turn reflected as the stone is moved.White Diamonds: The vast majority of diamonds mined, cut, and sold are the clear, or white variety. White diamonds reflect the full light spectrum with more clarity and brilliance than diamonds in other colors. They are unequaled in their ability to sparkle and shine with every movement of the lucky wearer. Almost all gem-quality diamonds are sold as gemstones for traditional settings. They are almost always cut into faceted stones in the most popular shapes; you rarely find rough-cut diamonds in jewelry.Faceted diamonds are available as beads, although they can be pricey. White diamonds cut for beading are a cloudy, grayish-white and the beads are not of uniform shape or size. Strung together on a necklace or used to embellish a fashion accessory, white diamond beads won’t catch the light as much as set diamonds do, but they will out-sparkle most other types of gemstone beads.Colored Diamonds: Although not widely known, diamonds form in almost every color of the rainbow. All colored diamonds are rare, but red is the rarest of all, with blue diamonds a close second. Gemologists can alter diamonds of low quality and less desirable color through irradiation and heat treatments. This turns brownish or pale yellow, but low-quality, natural diamonds, into richly colored ones.Pearl Beads: Offering the power of love, money, luck, and protection, pearls impart wisdom as they facilitate the laws of karma and love relationships. Chinese myths recall them falling from the sky as dragons fought. The Greeks believed they would bring marital bliss. Ancient legend too old to attribute to any culture says that pearls are the tears of the gods. Another ancient legend says that when the tears of angels fell into the open shells of oysters, they were transformed into pearls.White or Cream Pearls: Most pearls are white or cream-colored, whether from the sea or a freshwater river or lake. Perfectly symmetrical natural pearls are rare, although ocean pearls tend to generally be more rounded than their irregularly shaped, freshwater cousins.They come in a variety of shapes, from teardrops to saltwater blister or freshwater mabe–both flat on one side–to tiny freshwater nuggets or sphere-like saltwater pearls. These shapes are most beneficial for embellishing clothing. The smaller pearls can be sewn on like seed beads and the blister and mabe pearls are perfect to embellish a pair of shoes or a bag.Colored Pearls: Pearls naturally occur in different colors, primarily due to environmental conditions. They can be pink, peach, gold, lavender, brown, gray, black, or several other colors. Black and gold pearls are thought to bring prosperity to the wearer. Pink brings power and health, while brown pearls (also called chocolate pearls) are sometimes considered masculine. Colored pearls are frequently created by dying them with an irradiation process or by infusing them with colored dye.Copyright Sharon Shares, 2011