Precious stones are the most beautiful and valuable of all the gemstones. Their colors are vibrant, translucent and brilliant. These natural crystals are also durable, but at the same time rare, and they can be used to create both jewelry and accessories.
Glass Bead have been dated back to at least the Roman times. They are usually categorized by the method used to manipulate the glass - wound beads, drawn beads, and molded beads. There are composites, such as millefiori beads, where cross-sections of a drawn glass cane are applied to a wound glass core. A very minor industry in blown glass beads also existed in 19th-century Venice and France.