Bead Library: Metals

Gold, Gold fill, and Gold plate by Beverly Fernandes
In this article we explain the differences between “Gold Filled” and “Gold Plated” and describe the process used to create each as well as explore the different colors of gold and how they’re created. ... read this article
Why is it Called Sterling Silver? by Beverly Fernandes
The history and origins of sterling silver are explored in this article. ... read this article

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In Harlequin's bead library you will find information on the history of beads, how beads are made and how beads have been used throughout the world.

Many articles include a bibliography to provide you with additional resources. Many of the beading books referenced are available at your local library, and we offer a number of books on beads and beading in our inventory.

We invite you to occasionally revisit this section of our website, as we are always expanding our collection of beading articles.

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If there's a beading topic that you'd like to know more about, or you have ideas for our beading library - we'd love to hear from you. Email us your topic or idea and we'll pass your suggestions along to our writers.

If you've written a beading article yourself that you feel would be a valuable addition to our bead library, we welcome your email, as well.
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