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I have been making and wearing beads since childhood.  Still today, I wear beads in my hair, to decorate my clothes, as jewelry and adornments.  I try to buy/make matching sets whenever possible and find a balance to wearing beaded jewelry since mixing and matching pieces can be a challenge.  Craft store plated silver and wire jewelry metals causes my skin to have an allergic reaction.  I have compared plated vs gold filled, what are seed beads and glass pearls.



If pure gold is way too expensive, which of these would you choose? Luckily, I don't get the allergic reaction with gold-filled AND I like that I can bring my gold/silver pieces regularly in for re-polishing treatment. 

Glass Beads
Beads that are made from glass.  They can be manufactured or handmade, comes in many sizes from seed* beads to glass pearls.
The "seed" beads, comes in various colors ranging from transparent to opaque, are used to fill-in beaded pieces, and may or may not be of the same size.*

*A beader uses seed beads or natural stones to create unique symmetry and each piece is it's own one of a kind.

Pearls real or fake?

Glass pearls will have a glassy look/shine, have the same size and may chip its coating.

Fresh/Salt water pearls are cultured from shelled mollusks and  each have irregularities.