Bead FAQs:

Q: Is a bead a small?

A: Yes, and decorative object that is formed in a variety of shapes and sizes of a material such as stone, bone, shell, glass, plastic, wood or pearl and that a small hole is drilled for threading or stringing.

Q: Are beads pressed glass?

A: Yes, and mass-produced by preparing a molten batch of glass of the desired color and pouring it into molds to form the desired shape.

Q: Are beads made from the animals' horns?

A: Yes.

Q: Are beads made in the Czech Republic?

A: Yes, and in particular an area called Jablonec nad Nisou.

Q: Are beads beads that are made to look like a more expensive original material?

A: Yes, and especially in the case of fake pearls and simulated rocks, minerals and gemstones.

Q: Are beads most commonly used for loom and off-loom bead weaving?

A: Yes.

Q: Are beads uniformly shaped spheroidal or tube shaped beads ranging in size from under a millimetre to several millimetres?

A: Yes.

Q: Were beads made of a variety of natural materials which?

A: Yes, after they were gathered, could be readily drilled and shaped.

Q: Are beads used in Rosary necklaces/prayer necklaces?

A: Yes, and wooden or shell ones are made for beachwear.

Q: Are beads used to make Buddhist and Hindu rosaries?

A: Yes, Magatama are traditional Japanese beads, and cinnabar was often used for beads in China.

Q: Are beads said to have been used and traded for most of our history?

A: Yes.

Q: Are beads known to be one of earliest forms of trade between the human race?

A: Yes.

Q: Are beads commonly made of bison and water buffalo bones and are popular for breastplates and chokers among Plains Indians?

A: Yes.

Q: Were beads made of polyethylene?

A: Yes, and it became possible to fuse them with a flat iron.

Q: Are beads still made from many naturally occurring materials, both organic and inorganic?

A: Yes, However, some of these materials now routinely undergo some extra processing beyond mere shaping and drilling such as color enhancement via dyes or irradiation.

Q: Are beads then poured onto a tray and briefly reheated just long enough to melt the surface?

A: Yes, and "polishing" out any minor surface irregularities from the grinding wheel.

Q: Are beads available in materials that include lucite?

A: Yes, and plastic, crystal, metal and glass.

Q: Are beads cut into precise faceted shapes on an individual basis?

A: Yes.

Q: Were beads also made from ancient alloys such as bronze and brass?

A: Yes, but as those were more vulnerable to oxidation they have generally been less well-preserved at archaeological sites.

Q: Are beads a less expensive alternative to hand-cut faceted glass or crystal?

A: Yes.

Q: Are beads generally shaped by carving or casting?

A: Yes, and depending on the material and desired effect.