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Gemstone Beads There are over 130 types of stones, minerals and crystals that can be considered semi precious gemstones. Nearly all have been fashioned into beads or pendants for making beaded gemstone jewelry. Examples include amethyst, carnelian, rose quartz, topaz, agate, jasper, jade, malachite, and turquoise. Most stones used in jewelry making are hard, but a few softer minerals are used because of other attractive properties, such as luster. Enjoy our gemstone beads and gemstone bead strands, and look for matching Gemstone Pendants. See below for related DIY jewelry projects.

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African Turquoise (Jasper)
African
Turquoise

Agate Beads
Agate Stone
Beads

Amethyst Beads
Amethyst
Stone Beads

Aquamarine Beads
Aquamarine
Beads

Aventurine Beads
Aventurine
Beads

Bronzite Beads
Bronzite
Beads

Calsilica Beads
Calsilica
Beads

Coral Beads
Coral Stone
Beads

Fluorite Beads
Fluorite
Stone Beads

Howlite Beads
Howlite
Stone Beads

Jade Beads
Jade
Gemstone Beads

Jasper Beads
Jasper Stone
Beads

Labradorite Beads
Labradorite
Beads

Lapis Beads
Lapis Stone
Beads

Magnesite Beads
Magnesite
Stone Beads

Mookaite Beads
Mookaite
Beads

Moonstone Beads
Moonstone
Beads

Onyx Beads
Onyx
Stone Beads

Pyrite Beads
Pyrite Beads

Quartz Beads
Quartz Stone
Beads

Sodalite Beads
Sodalite Stone
Beads

Tiger Eye Beads
Tiger Eye
Beads

Turquoise Beads
Turquoise
Beads

Unakite Beads
Unakite
Beads

Variscite Beads
Variscite
Beads

Gemstone Beads, Various
Gemstone Beads,
Various

      

Browse by Shape

If you're looking for a particular shape of semiprecious stone bead, we've made shopping for them easy with our Shop by Shape SmartCollections™. As new gemstones are added to our database, their shape attribute is looked up, and they are automatically displayed here!

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Round Gemstone
Beads
Oval Gemstone
Beads
Gemstone Chips
Faceted Gemstone
Beads
Nugget Gemstone
Beads
Rondelle Gemstone
Beads


DIY Jewelry Projects with Gemstones

Try these easy do it yourself jewelry projects that feature products from our gemstones collection. Each project has step-by-step instructions and handy links to all the materials and supplies you'll need to make the jewelry piece. If you prefer video instruction, watch this multi-stranded necklace video using gemstones.

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Jessica's Butterfly
Bracelet Project
Moss Opal Cross
Necklace Project
Aniston
Necklace Project
Stun and Sparkle
Bracelet Project
Dragonflies and
Magnesite
Bracelet Project
Turquoise
Sophistiation
Bracelet Project
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Jaded Bronzite
Multi Purpose
Necklace/Bracelet
Bloomin' Jasper
Bracelet Project
Casual & Cool
Necklace Project
GreenEyed
Wire-Wrapped
Agate Necklace
Copper Heart
Necklace project
Multi-Stranded
Amazonite/Quartz
Necklace Video



About Gemstone Beads

We get a lot of questions about gemstones, but the questions we get are not quite what you would think they would be. People don't ask, for example, where turquoise is mined or what the difference is between howlite and magnesite (although the answers to those questions are very interesting). What we do get asked is how gemstones are handled during the manufacturing process. Are they dyed? Are they heat treated? Are they stabilized? Are they natural? Here are some explanations of what those terms mean and why, if the answer is yes to one or more of the above questions, it may be a good thing.
  • Dyed Gemstones: When gemstones are dyed, they are placed in vats of dye and soaked for a period of time that lasts from days to weeks. The longer a gemstone soaks in a dye, the more the dye will penetrate the stone and provide a truer, deeper overall color. They dye will also have time to seep in and become a more permanent part of the stone. A lot of people have aversions to gemstones that are dyed. They believe that dyed gemstones will bleed or fade. They are also worried that gemstones that have been dyed may chip, causing the true color of the stone to show through in places. Of course, these things do happen from time to time, but there are reasons gemstones are dyed and there are ways to tell whether or not stones have been dyed. Semiprecious gemstones are often dyed to enhance color that is not quite right or not quite vibrant enough or to represent colors not necessarily found in the realm of the geological world. Hot pink magnesite, for example, is not something that is mined; the magnesite is dyed so that it will be that vibrant pink. Besides unnatural colors, you can also tell if a stone is dyed because the dye will seep into pits and fractures within the stones and make those areas appear darker. The stones that are most commonly dyed are: agate, jasper, quartz and howlite.
  • Stabilized Gemstones: Stabilized - sometimes called composite - stones are those that have been injected with resin. The resin helps solidify a stone that may be soft or weak. Resin can also help improve clarity and enhance color. There are many people who believe that stabilized gemstones are not "real" stones, but that is simply not the case. We have composite turquoise, for example, that is comprised of natural turquoise that has been mixed with resin to create a stone that has vivid, groovy colors and a hardness you wouldn't find in a natural stone in and of itself. It's almost as though stabilizing a stone with resin brings out the best in the stone and makes it more resilient.
  • Heat Treated Gemstones: The process of heat treating gemstones has been around for centuries and is believed to be the safest, most natural way to enhance gemstones. When a stone is heat treated, not only is its color enhanced, but the inclusions (areas where impurities and minerals have deposited in the stone) are more visible. Heat treating is commonly done on precious stones like rubies and sapphires, but it is also done on semiprecious stones like amethyst and varieties of quartz, such as agate, jasper and onyx.

Very few semi-precious gemstones used in jewelry making come to you in a natural state. Many are simply tumbled or polished, many more are color enhanced either through a dyeing process or through the injection of resin. Just remember that most of the treatments done on gemstones are done to beautify and strengthen the stones.


Coordinating Gemstone Pendants

Want more gemstones? Be sure to check out our extensive collection of Gemstone Pendants. Gemstone pendants are ideal for focal pieces on a necklace, and can be augmented with wire wrapping, as shown in our Wire Wrapping Instructional Video. We source quality gemstone pendants from all over the world.

Agate Gemstone Pendants Amethyst Gemstone Pendants Jasper Gemstone Pendants Onyx Gemstone Pendants Turquoise Gemstone Pendants Various Gemstone Pendants
Agate Pendants
Amethyst Pendants
Jasper Pendants
Onyx Pendants
Turquoise Pendants
Various
Gemstone Pendants


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