If you’re a jewelry making enthusiast or entrepreneur, chances are you’ve added Cloisonne beads in your jewelry making supplies kit. These beads have been popular for centuries across the globe and continue to be a favorite today. What are these time-tested beads made of?

Cloisonne Beads Have a Unique Composition

Cloisonne beads are made of a base metal of copper, featuring twists of wires that allow crafters to create distinctive designs. Enamel is deposited into the thin strips between the wires. Craftsmen add to the beauty of the beads by enameling colorful surface design to the various bead shapes they’ve created like tiny stained-glass art. Each section of the structure holds colorful enamel. The finished product is fired in a kiln, bringing the art to life. Every piece is unique.

The Long History of Cloisonne Beads

The process of making Cloisonne beads stretches back to the Egyptians, crisscrossing the globe through Rome, China, France, Europe, and America. Chinese craftsman furthered the art, improving the enameling process with their casting, glass production, and glazing skills. These beads, which double as art, continue to be coveted in jewelry designs for their unique beauty.

These beads should be cared for like art. Storing them in bags protects the enamel against scratches. When cleaning is necessary, they should not be soaked, as small holes in the body of the beads could absorb fluids. Use only water and a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive and harsh cleaners, as well as ultrasonic jewelry cleaners, which can damage the surface of the beads.

Popular Cloisonne Bead Applications

The detailing of Cloisonne beads pairs wonderfully with gold-filled beads and findings. They work well in many jewelry designs, from beaded necklaces and bracelets to rosaries and pendants, rings, earrings, and pins.

Tips for Identifying High-Quality Cloisonne Beads

When shopping for Cloisonne beads, look for carefully constructed beads with a smooth surface, free of protruding wires. Beads should be uniformly shaped, each section filled with enamel. No divots or bulges should be present. Beads crafted with precious metals, such as our copper constructed Cloisonne beads, offer superior quality. These top-quality beads often advertise their precious metal content.

Crystal Findings Offers Cloisonne Bead in a Wide Variety of Styles

Crystal Findings carries Cloisonne beads in an array of sizes, styles, colors, and prints. With most of our designs, you can buy as many or as few as you need. Our premium Cloisonne beads come in popular geometric shapes, flattened styles, tube-shaped, fancy Cloisonne beads, twist-on and clasp-style beads, and novelty options. We ship our beads fast, directly to your doorstep via your choice of UPS and USPS services.

Incorporate the vibrancy and beauty of Cloisonne beads into your jewelry designs. Add Cloisonne beads to your collection. Shop one of the largest selections of wholesale beading supplies in the USA at Crystal Findings today.