A Black Bead Bracelet is the perfect compliment to any wardrobe. Why? Because you can use it to dress up an outfit, and yet it can be casual enough to toss together with jeans and your favorite top find here.
When shopping for a beaded bracelet, you can purchase from a jewelry store at the mall or in your local downtown. You can also shop online where you’ll find a variety of handcrafted beaded jewelry from artisans.
Typically your jewelry store will carry primarily gemstone and semi-precious jewelry. You’ll get faceted gemstones that are set in prong or bezel style settings. When purchasing handcrafted beaded jewelry, you’ll find a much broader range to choose from – thus allowing you to find the perfect handmade beaded bracelet.
Another benefit to working with a jewelry artist is they have the ability to create a custom order black beaded bracelet using exactly the materials you want. Below are the 4 styles of black bead bracelets that are the most popular and most customizable.
1. Lampwork Glass Bead Bracelets – Lampwork glass is an artwork all on it’s own. Local glass artisans use a butane torch and glass rods and create each glass bead individually. While trying to get the perfect size and shape, because each bead is handcrafted, no two beads will be 100% identical. The fun part about chosing a glass bead bracelet, you can rest assured that someone poured their heart and passion into each one of those beads that make up your special handcrafted beaded jewelry.
2. Crystal Beaded Bracelet – Yes, crystals really do come in black. When working with Swarovski crystal, solid black is called Jet. There’s also a special finish that can be applied to crystals creating an iridescent finish. This is called the Aurora Borealis coating. Crystal are by nature very symmetrical, faceted and can be used to create very elegant jewelry. You can also stray slightly lighter to a smoke colored Swarovski Crystal. Unlike the opaque jet colored crystal, smoke is translucent allowing light to flow through it and causing the crystal to sparkle. With the variety of crystal colors on the market today, virtually any style look you desire can be created into a black beaded bracelet.
3. Seed Bead Bracelet – Seed beads are those really tiny beads that make people wonder just how anybody works with them without going blind. They have an infinite amount of colors, finishes, textures, even shapes. You can find seed beads in round styles or triangles, even hexagon-shaped beads. If you are looking for a black bead bracelet that has a lot of texture, then a seed bead bracelet might be your perfect choice. Seed Beads can be made into rope styles, flat cuff styles and even woven into larger decorative beads. Using the infinite colors available it’s also possible to replicate your favorite photo made completely of beads.
4. Mixed Materials Bracelets – By far, the most common handcrafted beaded jewelry contains a variety of different materials. Mixing crystals and pearls for example can create a black beaded bracelet that speaks of classic elegance with a touch of modern brilliance. People use handcrafted lampwork glass beads as large focal object and add smaller glass, resin or ceramic beads as accents.