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What's the difference between, sterling silver and silver-plated?

Please refer to the definitions below for information on these metals.Sterling Silver - These items are made of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper or...

What is dichroic glass, and how is it pronounced?

Pronounced /dí-kró-ic/, dichroic glass was developed by NASA and the Department of Defense and their contractors to help protect sensitive spacecraft...

Are Omega chains stiffer than regular chains?

Omega chains are machined to be flexible while holding their round or oval shapes. They drape beautifully and will not bend back onto themselves as...

When a crystals description includes Xilion, what does that mean?

The term Xilion is a particular faceting style, or cut, patented by Swarovski and launched in 2004 in their bead line. These crystals are cut with an...

How do you measure beads?

The most common way to measure a bead is in millimeters (mm) using a caliper. To use a caliper, slide open the tips, place the tips against the...

How did the tradition of throwing beads at Mardi Gras get started? Thanks

While Mardi Gras originated in Medieval Europe in 1702, the tradition of throwing Mardi Gras beads didn't start until the early 1900s in New Orleans....

How are Swarovski beads made?

The term "Austrian crystal" generally refers to crystals created and expertly machine cut by Swarovski. Although the exact molten glass formula is a...

Can a top coat be used on freshwater pearls that are not colorfast?

Using a top coat on pearls is generally not recommended as it can result in reduced luster or worst-case, potentially cracking the surface. Rinse...

How do you Measure beads?

When a bead shape is round or flat round, we will generally use one measurement in millimeters. Example a 4mm round bead is measured from bead hole...

How do I drill a hole in a gemstone already polished.

Set up a variable speed rotary drill or flex shaft (one with foot pedal control is best) and fit the collet with a diamond drill bit. If possible,...

What are the Swarovski crystal birthstone colors?

The following list includes the Swarovski crystal colors most commonly used when creating birthstone designs:January: February: March: April: May:...

How can I remove the foil back from rhinestones?

The foil backing found on some rhinestones has been noted to be able to be removed in a solution of salt (table or Kosher) and cider vinegar. The...

Do your crystals have lead in them?

By definition, crystals contain lead. Yes, some brands of crystal that Fire Mountain Gems and Beads carry do contain lead. Our Celestial Crystal®...

Does the color wear off of the niobium jump rings?

An anodized finish on aluminum, niobium or titanium may wear over time similar to gold-, silver-filled, plated findings and wire. The wear will be...

What is niobium?

Niobium is a metal first engineered to protect hypersonic aerospace vehicles from extreme conditions. It is also used in welding, nuclear industries,...

What type of needle is used for beading with Power Cord? Thank You--

A Wide Eye Needle™ is a good needle choice when working with elastic cording, or any cording that doesn't fit through the eye of beading needles. The...

What are Pandora beads?

Pandora™ is a trademarked line of jewelry that is typified by a chain on which silver-lined large-hole beads are collected over time to mark special...

What is vermeil?

"Vermeil" is sterling silver, heavily electroplated with 10Kt fineness, or more, of yellow gold. "Vermeil" products carried by Fire Mountain Gems and...

How do I check for colorfastness?

Here are a few ways to check for colorfastness in beads:Lay a few beads on a damp white towel and wait a few minutes. If there is even a faint ring...

Can Swarovski crystals be stored in an unheated building without bursting?

There is no evidence that heat or cold temperatures will affect Swarovski crystals.- Kristal Wick, Designer, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and...

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