The detailed, colorful enamel of Cloisonne beads can capture your attention. However, with so much movement in the design of the beads, it is easy to overlook imperfections in lesser quality supplies. How can you tell superior beads from those that aren’t as well constructed? Examining Cloisonne beads closely will give you keen insight into the quality of their design.
How Cloisonne Beads Are Made
Understanding how Cloisonne beads are made is crucial to uncovering design inconsistencies masked in low quality beading supplies. Cloisonne beads begin with a copper base, inlaid with twists of silver or gold wires, creating individual compartments. Colorful enamel is deposited between the strips and later fired in a kiln, allowing craftsmen to create beautiful, distinctive designs that resemble miniature stained-glass art. This art form dates back thousands of years, crisscrossing the globe through Egypt, China, Rome, France, Europe, and later to America. While the enameling process has improved over the years, the classic design of Cloisonne beads remains.
Tips for Identifying High-Quality Cloisonne Beads
Our beads and jewelry making supplies are some of the best available. You can tell our superior quality Cloisonne bead from competitors. The best Cloisonne beads showcase these qualities:
- Smooth surface
The surface of premium Cloisonne beads will be smooth, with no rough edges or protruding wires.
- Uniform shape
Properly made Cloisonne beads should not have any pits or high spots. Each section should be completely filled with enamel.
- Identifiable metal content
If you purchase Cloisonne beads made with precious metal, such as gold or silver, the metal content should be marked clearly on the beads. The metal inlays used in Cloisonne bead designs pair beautifully with our silver and gold-filled beads and findings.
Find a Wide Variety of High-Quality Cloisonne Beads at Crystal Findings
Create beautiful, new jewelry styles with our extensive selection of Cloisonne beads. We offer an array of sizes, styles, colors, and prints, including flattened style, tube, and geometric shaped, twist-on, clasp style, fancy and novelty style Cloisonne beads. Purchase just a few of each bead type, expanding your selection, or buy Cloisonne beads in bulk for added savings. We deliver fast, directly to your door via your choice of UPS or USPS shipping services.
Wearable Works of Art
Cloisonne beads should be cared for like the art they are. When they’re not being worn, they should be stored in small bags to guard the enamel against scratches. They must also be cleaned carefully with a soft, lint-free cloth and minimal water to prevent liquids from being absorbed into small holes that may be in the body of the beads. Never use harsh cleaners or ultrasonic jewelry cleaners, which can damage the surface of the beads.
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