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  • Precious Stone Beads

    April 05, 2024

    In the world of gemstone beads, the vast majority, around 98%, are classified as semi-precious. However, about five years ago, precious gemstone beads began to enter the market.

    This shift occurred as manufacturers discovered mineral deposits in smaller pieces, which were significantly less expensive than their larger counterparts.

    Ruby Super Precision Cut Faceted Rounds 4mm

    As a result, precious stones like ruby, sapphire, and emerald, traditionally used in fine jewelry and known for their high value, became more accessible.

    These precious gemstone beads are typically very small, with diameters of about 2mm to 3mm.

    This has been made possible by advancements in technology. Two decades ago, cutting gemstones into such tiny facets was not feasible without incurring high labor costs.

    Precious Stone Beads

    Ruby Sapphire Faceted Beads 6mm

    Now, with improved technology, manufacturers can produce these small, faceted beads more cost-effectively.

    Despite the lower cost of materials and labor, the materials of these beads are usually not of the highest grade.

    Nonetheless, they have become extremely popular for creating minimalist-style jewelry, such as mini bracelets and necklaces.

    In the retail market, a 16-inch necklace made of these beads can sell for over $100.

    Precious Stone Beads

    Emerald A Grade Round Beads 5mm

    However, we offer the same length of beads, approximately 15.5 inches, for wholesale prices ranging from $9 to $15.

    This trend has also extended to semi-precious premium stones, with beads of kyanite, iolite, rainbow moonstone, and rutilated quartz now available in 2mm to 3mm faceted sizes.

    These smaller, premium stone beads offer a great opportunity for creating elegant, high-quality bracelets and necklaces.


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