One thing is for sure: there are literally thousands of different beads on the market. You would not find two bead collectors with the same collection if you compared them. Some people may only collect metal beads while others may prefer green shades. Bead collecting has no rules. Read more now on beads.
I will give you my own tips about the beads that are an essential part of every bead collection.
Vintage Pave beads. Although most of these are made with Swarovski round crystals, vintage beads are no longer manufactured. You may find them in tubes or cones if you are lucky. The sizes and colors will vary depending on the store. You can experiment with different textures, such as stone or wood, when trying to come up with ideas for beaded pieces. Add a chain and you are ready to go.
Beads for Wedding Cakes. These were originally made in Murano in Italy to appeal to women. These beads have flowers and goldstone strings that are nestled in. The vintage beads of the 16th century were made with mica which is a silvery tone. They are great for special occasions. Wearing these will keep you the center of attention and more!
These sugar beads were originally made in Japan in the early 1900s. They quickly spread to other parts of the globe. The beads come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. They are coated with plastic and look like sugar.
German drop beads and glass snail shells make excellent additions to any bead collection. These beads come in every size and color that you can imagine. Like the wedding cake beads mentioned above, German drops or glass snail shells would be suitable for any formal occasion. Try combining them to create a necklace or bracelet for a unique and bejeweled piece of jewelry!