|Fire polished beads are glass beads that are machine made, usually cut to many facets, and then then polished over an open fire. This traditional process creates imperfections, which are a part of their charm. Most of our fire polish beads come from the Czech Republic where the craft began. The polishing process gives them brilliance as more light is reflected off the glass. Unlike Austrian crystals such as the Swarovski brand, fire polish beads contain no lead. In contrast to leaded crystal, fire polish beads will give your jewelry a softer and less sharp appearance, and they are less expensive. Fire polish beads are frequently used in rosaries and prayer beads.