All of our seed beads come from the Czech Republic. The beads range in size from Size 6 being the largest, to Size 15. With the exception of the size 6 beads which are sold loose, all other seed beads are sold in hanks. A hank of beads is a group of either 10-12 strings of beads tied together at the ends. Please refer to each size specifically for number of beads within each hank.
**If you are hoping to match a color specifically, it is best to send us a sample directly so that we can match up the bead for you, about an inch of beads on a string works best.
**Due to the difference of monitor colors, some bead colors may vary slightly. Orrs Trading Company strives to represent all bead colors accurately.
Description of Styles:
Beads are first divided into two main categories: Opaque and Transparent.
Opaque Solid color. You cannot see light through them and they have a slick feel or finish.
Transparent Light penetrates through these beads and gives them a see-thru quality.
The following descriptions refer to the finishes and styles associated with the two categories listed above.
Luster Refers to the sheen on these beads that can look like the glow of reflected light.
Rainbow Sometimes called AB or Aurora Borealis. It looks like a rainbow on each bead.
Matte Chalk-like feel and appearance. Their surface is free from shine or highlights.
Silver-Lined Transparent beads with a square-hole with silver lining. They have a glitter-like appearance.
Mixes Hanks of beads, all within the same size that contain beads from all different styles and finishes.
Opals Have a milky quality to them and are semi-transparent.
Pearls Same look as pearls.
Satins Semi-transparent beads with a velvet look to them and a satin quality to their finish.
Supra Pearl The surface of these beads look like the color was painted on. They only come in the opaque beads and do not fade.
Lined Transparent with either a metal lining (for instance copper), or a colored lining; such as an aqua colored bead with a pink lining.
Metallics Opaque glass beads that look like they are made out of metal.
Iris This description pertains only to our metallic beads. These have the same sort of appearance as a bead with a rainbow finish on them. It might help to think of the colors on the edge of an oil slick.