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SEED BEAD COLOR and FINISH INFORMATION by Bello Modo

SEED BEAD COLOR and FINISH INFORMATION

The labels on our tubes have an abbreviation following the color name. This chart explains the meaning of the abbreviation and the different finishes that are available on Japanese beads. Some of the beads may have two or more finishes on them, so a comma or space is used to clarify by separating the abbreviations.

 

AL:

Alabaster (translucent, marble like appearance)

C:

Ceylon (soft and subdued pearl-like finish)

CR:

Crystal (transparent, the inside of the bead is darker than the outside)

F:

Fancy (transparent, usually with an Aurora Borealis rainbow finish and Inside Color lined)

GA:

Galvanized (chemically plated-color finish, not very durable)

GA MA:

Galvanized Matte

GA S-MA:

Galvanized Semi-Matte

ICL:

Inside Color lined (bead is transparent. Inside of the bead is a different color than the outside. Colors are listed as --- Inside color/Outside color)

ICL*:

Inside Color lined w/ sparkle (bead is transparent. Inside of the bead sparkles with different color than the outside. Colors are listed as ---Inside color/Outside color)

L:

Luster (pearl-like finish)

M:

Metallic (has a metallic look)

M MA:

Metallic Matte

MA:

Matte (frosted appearance, opaque unless otherwise indicated, sometimes 2 or 3 tone)

MR:

Metallic Rainbow (multiple color metallic, often called Iris)

MR MA:

Metallica Rainbow Matte

OP:

Opaque (no light passes through the bead)

OP AL:

Opaque Alabaster

OP MA:

Opaque Matte

OP S-MA:

Opaque Semi Matte

OPL:

Opaque Luster (opaque with a pearl-like luster finish)

OPL R:

Opaque Luster Rainbow

OPR:

Opaque Rainbow (opaque with an Aurora Borealis rainbow finish-often multiple colors)

OPR MA:

Opaque Rainbow Matte

R:

Rainbow (Aurora Borealis rainbow finish-often multiple colors)

S:

Satin (silky appearance, edges tend to be sharp)

S-MA:

Semi-Matte (not quite a matte finish, not quite shiny either)

T:

Transparent (light passes through the bead)

T MA:

Transparent Matte (light passes through the bead, frosted finish)

T S-MA:

Transparent Semi Matte

TL:

Transparent Luster (light passes through the bead and it has a slight pearlized finish)

TR:

Transparent Rainbow (light passes through the bead, with an Aurora Borealis rainbow finish)

TR MA:

Transparent Rainbow Matte

TSL:

Transparent Silver Lined (light passes through the bead, hole of bead is Silver Lined)

TSL S-MA: Transparent Silverlined Semi Matte

 

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