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An iridescent coating on the outside of either opaque or transparent beads.


2mm satin cord.


Patterns or decorations achieved with punches or chasing hammers.


A solid or semi-solid organic (carbon based) material, either natural or synthetic. In general, non-soluble in water.


Originally quartz from the gold washings along the Rhine river. Today, generally means colorless potash-and-lead glass that contains quartz in the form of melted lead crystal and is cut like a diamond. Also called strass, diamante.


Rhodochrosite is a mineral whose color ranges from rose to pink to almost yellow or brown. It is very pretty, but is soft and brittle; it is used in jewelry and for carvings and figurines.


Rhodolite is a purple-red to pink-red variety of garnet.


Rhodonite is a mineral, that commonly occurs as cleavable to compact masses with a rose-red color, often tending to brown.
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Rhyolite is an extrusive igneous rock having cooled much more rapidly than granite, giving it a glassy appearance.
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Ribbed is a textured effect consisting of ridges.


A ring is a piece of jewelry worn around the finger; rings have been worn on every finger, including the thumb. Some rings include:
  • Bands
  • Devotional rings
  • Pugilist rings
  • Rings denoting group membership
  • Signet rings
  • Wedding and engagement rings


Necklace of stones, either all the same size or graded from a large central stone.


Riverstones are smooth, rounded pebbles found in rivers and on beaches.


Rocaille is jewelry whose design is based on sea life, sea shells, or rocks.

Rocaille Bead

Round seed bead made of hard (non-lead) glass.

Rondelle Bead

A rondelle is a small disc used as a spacer in beadwork. Rondelle beads are the small disc shaped beads.

Rope Necklace

Necklace of over 36" inches length.

Rose Quartz

Rose quartz is a type of quartz which exhibits a pale pink to rose red hue. Also known as pink quartz.
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Rough Stone

Rough stones or crystals are in their natural state, they are neither cut nor polished.


Rubelite is a red variety of tourmaline.


Ruby is a red gemstone and can vary from a light pink to a blood red. It is considered one of the four precious gems, together with the sapphire, the emerald, and the diamond.
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Rutilated Quartz

Rutilated quartz is a type of clear rock crystal which contains long, fine needles of rutile crystals. It is also known as Venus' Hair Stone, Cupid's Darts, and Fleches D'amour.
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