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Pearl beads have always been and will remain a popular choice for classic and luxury jewellery pieces. Pearl beads can be used to create traditional and modern jewellery designs as well as a wide range of accessories. Particularly popular for bridal jewellery, pearl beads are incorporated into jewellery, tiaras, hair combs, and even bouquets. To incorporate into hair combs and tiaras, thread your pearls onto our super fine silver or gold plated copper wire and twist into intricate patterns and shapes.
We have a beautiful collection of genuine natural freshwater pearl beads in shades for every occasion including traditional ivory/white as well as pink, peach, grey, and a wonderful iridescent dark peacock blue with the look of luxury Tahitian pearls. Natural pearl beads are available in many different shapes and sizes such as round, oval, potato and rice shaped. Potato and rice pearls have a wonderful organic feel to them and tend to be much better value for money than perfectly round pearls. Natural freshwater pearl beads are a delicate and somewhat soft material so care is needed when stringing them for jewellery.
A soft beading thread or silk is best suited to pearls as some of the tougher beading threads and wires can start to wear away the bead hole over time. Silk is a very popular choice for stringing and knotting freshwater pearls, however if you're on a budget, a good quality twisted nylon thread such as Superlon bead cord is a great alternative to silk and tends to be more durable too. We have a great range of Superlon beading threads in a variety of colours; you're sure to find one to match your colour scheme.
If you're knotting freshwater pearl beads be sure to pick up a beading awl to ensure a neat knot close to the bead. Beadalon 49 strand beading wire is an excellent quality nylon coated beading wire perfect for creating floating/illusion pearl necklaces as it's durable, not sharp and drapes beautifully. If you want to incorporate chain into your jewellery design, learn how to create wire wrapped dangles using headpins or craft wire. These can then be attached to the chain of your choice with a pendant bail or jump rings.
We also stock a fantastic range of round glass and acrylic pearl beads in a huge variety of sizes and shimmering colours, perfect for adding to necklaces, bracelets and earrings as well as accessories, key rings and bag charms. The creative possibilities are endless with these excellent value pearl beads and unlike freshwater pearls they can be used with any beading thread without the risk of wear. Complement your pearl beads with sparkling Swarovski Crystals, Semi-precious gemstones and our beautiful collection of jewellery findings. If you're looking for pearl jewellery design inspiration visit our Design Ideas department to find free step by step tutorials and get creating today!