Bead Quality Chart

Beads, Types of Finishes & Quality

Miyuki Treatment Durability – Courtesy of Miyuki
FireMountain Gems and Beads
TypeAffect
OpaqueA solid color that no light passes through.
TransparentA colored bead that light shines through clearly.
Matte (Frosted)An etched surface that results in a velvety, frosted appearance.
Here is a chart of the bead colors and their wearing durability. Colors are included in item descriptions to help you make an informed quality and color choice.
FinishBasic ExplanationColors may change or fade due to bright sun (UV light) or deteriorate with timeColors may rub off from friction or contact with skin acidColors will alter or fade from dry cleaning or exposure to strong solvents
CeylonLuster coating or inside coloring of opalescent beadsNo problem with regular useNo problem with regular useNo problem with regular use
Duracoat®Durable clear coating on dyed or galvanized beadsNo problem with regular useThere may be a problem with individual use over timeThere may be a problem with durability with individual use
Dyed ColorDyed color on the surface of the beadsSome issues with durability by individual useNot highly durable, care is required for useNot highly durable, care is required for use
GalvanizedMetal plating on the surface of beads–often silverSome issues with durability by individual useNot highly durable, care is required for useNot highly durable, care is required for use
Gold Luster or Glazed LusterSpecial luster glazed or gold luster glazed finishesNot highly durable, care is required for useSome issues with durability by individual useSome issues with durability by individual use
Inside Color (Color-Lined)Dyed color inside the hole of beadsSome issues with durability by individual useNo problem with regular useNot highly durable, care is required for use
LusterStandard clear luster coatingNo problem with regular useNo problem with regular useNo problem with regular use
Metal LinedMetal lining inside the hole of beads–often silver, gold or copperSome issues with durability by individual useSome issues with durability by individual useSome issues with durability by individual use
MetallicGunmetal, iris or bronze finishNo problem with regular useNo problem with regular useNo problem with regular use
Rainbow (AB Coating)Rainbow or AB (aurora borealis) coating on the outside of beadsNo problem with regular useNo problem with regular useNo problem with regular use
SilkSilk white color with satin finishNo problem with regular useNo problem with regular useNo problem with regular use
Sol-GelColor applied through a specialized coating treatment.No problem with regular useNo problem with regular useSome issues with durability
Metal PlatedSpecial metal platings on the outside of the bead such as silver, gold, nickel, and copperNo problem with regular useSome issues with durability by individual useNo problem with regular use
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