The Halcraft Collection shell beads are lightweight and bright while having the depth of layers of color and translucence that makes them so wonderful in any jewelry design. Our selection of shell beads ranges from Abalone to Zebra, but most of our dyed and white shells are derived from the lake mussels that we use to grow our freshwater pearls. In this manner we can truly utilize every part of the mussel; we polish and drill the pearls to make beautiful beads, the meat is used as fertilizer in nearby farms, the shells with pearls stuck to them make gorgeous pendants, and plain shells are cut into beads to be dyed or left lustrous in their natural white for jewelry making.
Some sea shells such as mother of pearl need to be cut very carefully so that the bright surface of the interior shell color covers as much of a round bead as possible. Other shells such as black lip pearl are different shades of gray and black that naturally grow in layers as the shell grows which can be seen in each bead and product that is derived from the raw shell.
Abalone shell also needs to be cut and polished carefully to not waste the beautiful layers of translucent material that adorn the inside of each shell. Ensuring that as little as possible of this rainbow translucent surface is wasted during cutting and polishing is a very important factor in the final cost of the beads or pendants!
We know that you will find the perfect Shell Beads for your creations and jewelry designs in the Halcraft Collection and that you will love the way that they look in your projects!