About our beads
We take great care to ensure that every product photograph is an accurate representation of the item for sale; please be aware that colour variations may occur on different monitors. Photographs are magnified to show as much detail as possible and are therefore not to scale - please check your sizes before purchasing.
All our gemstone descriptions are accurate to the very best of our knowledge with respect to type, size, shape, colour and clarity. In some cases the photographs may not show the exact gemstones that are for sale; however the photographs will always show gems which are very, very similar or virtually identical to those being sold.
As a general rule, gem quality drilled stones will have small drill holes sizes. A 26 gauge (0.4mm) or 28 gauge (0.3mm) wire should fit most stones (we sell a range of suitable wires) and we recommend using soft wire when wire wrapping to avoid the risk of breakages. Particular care should be taken when working with delicate/brittle stones.
We use the following criteria when grading our gemstones:
AA - excellent cut, may have light inclusions which will be clearly stated and photographed.
AAA - superior cut. Generally the beads are eye clean unless otherwise stated.
Ungraded gemstones will also be of high quality and clearly described and photographed (they will normally be around A-AA grade quality.
Any references to carat weight (ctw) are approximate and do not include the weight of any stringing materials. Sizes of beads and lengths of strands are also approximate.
Most of our gems are sold by ctw on a strand by strand basis, therefore all of our stock is not listed on the website ~ if you would like a larger quantity of a particular gemstone please do get in touch and we will do our very best to help.