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.