Seed Bead Finishes
It can be confusing when the same color of glass bead has a different number in one size than it does in another. To help with identification, we try to name all of our beads so that their description matches across all the sizes.
AB/Rainbow: The Aurora Borealis effect covers the base glass with a rainbow of color, which can be more or less visible depending on the darkness of the bead. The description will always contain AB, and Miyuki seed beads will sometimes have an "R" at the end of the item number.
Baroque: A faceted pearl-like surface finish which is applied above the glass. The edges of the holes are adjusted by hand.
Ceylon: A luster coating which gives a whitish shine to the base glass.
Color-lined: Paint or dye is used to color the bead around the hole so that the center is a different color than the exterior. Less durable than most finishes.
Dyed: Seed beads are only dyed when the color that is required cannot be created using another method. Dyed beads should be avoided when possible, as the finish may fade under light or rub off with wear or during the manufacturing process. All of our Miyuki beads will say "dyed" in their description so they can be identified.
Duracoat: Miyuki has created a more durable extra coating for Dyed and Galvanized finishes. Duracoat beads are superior to regular dyed and galvanized beads, but still may fade or rub off like their traditional counterparts.
Frosted/Matte: Matte seed beads are tumbled or treated with acid to create a frosted sea-glass exterior finish. The description will always contain "Matte", and Miyuki seed beads will usually have an "F" at the end of the item number.
Frosted Rainbow (FR):A combination of the frosted/matte finish and the AB/Rainbow finish, The description will contain "Matte AB" and the seed bead will usually have an "FR" at the end of the item number.
Galvanized: A metal plating that is applied to the surface of the bead, replaced by the more durable Duracoat Galvanized finish. Seed beads are only galvanized when the color that is required cannot be created using another method. Galvanized beads should be avoided when possible, as the finish may rub off with wear or during the manufacturing process. All of our Miyuki beads will say "galv" in their description so they can be identified.
Luminous: A bright neon color-lined finish, these beads are super bright on the inside and transparent on the outside.
Luster: An extra shiny golden glow over the surface of the seed bead.
Magic: A scintillating silver sparkle inside a rich colored center that evokes dichroic glass or a similar metal foil effect. The exterior of the bead is clear crystal to magnify the glow of the interior.
Opaque: Seed beads made with glass that does not allow light to pass through it. All of our opaque seed beads will have "Op" in the description.
Picasso: A finish that originally was developed for Czech glass beads, it resembles tiny flecks of paint applied to the surface of the bead.
Plated: Seed beads which are plated with a precious metal such as 24k gold or Palladium. This coating can tarnish or rub off with wear, but it is more durable than a regular galvanized finish.
Semi-Frosted: A frosted (matte) finish that is about half as strong as the usual frosted finish, and still retains some of the brightness of a transparent or opaque bead.
Silk Satin: Like mica, this Delica Bead finish has a glittering faceted surface which is semi-opaque but slightly mirrored and scored on each face. This is a very unusual but interesting finish, and the beads are slightly larger than the other Delica Beads.
Silver-lined: A mirror-like metal center reflects up through the color of the bead. Silver-lined (S/L) beads are one of the most popular traditional finishes. Some of the silver-lined seed bead numbers will end with "S", but most use S/L in the description.
Transparent: Seed beads made with glass that allows light to pass through it. All of our transparent seed beads will have "Tr" in the description.