Jewelry Basics: Beads, Jewelry Tools, Design Elements & More

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Welcome to the Jewelry Supply Basics section of This is a great place to start if you are new to the world of beading and making jewelry.  Here's where you'll learn all about the basics of making jewelry, including all the jewelry supply basics like the different types of beads in our beads glossary,  jewelry tools and beading components, and the pros and cons of using  various bead stringing materials.  Also, we'll cover some jewelry design elements, jewelry findings and more:

Learn the Basics

Bead Glossary - Learn about the different types of beads that are available so you'll know which ones to buy for your jewelry designs. Learn all about the different types, materials, and sizes of beads from briolette beads to bone beads.

Jewelry Tools - Learn about all of the tools you might use in making jewelry, such as jewelry pliers and other handy tools.

Stringing Materials - Learn about all the jewelry stringing materials available and the pros and cons of using different wire and cord in your jewelry designs.

Jewelry Findings - Learn all about the components you will use to make jewelry from headpins, to lobster clasps, toggle clasps, spring rings, and more.

Birthstone Chart - Learn the colors of each birthstone and check our handy birthstone month chart so you'll know what colors to use in your birthstone jewelry designs.

Design Elements - Learn about color, shape, size and other design elements to consider when designing jewelry.

Common Lengths Learn the common necklace and bracelet lengths so your jewelry will fit nicely.

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