Treasures (formerly known as TOHO Antiques) - are TOHO's most popular cylinder bead. Not only does the large hole come in handy for stringing projects, it also makes the beads lighter, which in turn translates to more beads per kilo! These are available in a wide variety of popular colors, in two sizes.
TOHO means 'Eastern Treasure'. Toho Treasures are similar to Miyuki's Delica beads, small exacting cylinder shaped beads with large holes that make them ideal for precision work. They are made in Japan by the Toho Bead Company, a company well know for its attention to detail, and for manufacturing high quality beads that are uniform in shape. They are cylindrically shaped, and they give a tile like appearance to finished pieces. Their holes are larger, due to the cylindrical shape so it is easy to pass the beading thread through them multiple times.
Originally, the definition of size 11/0 meant that there are 11 beads to the inch, but with Toho Treasures it tends to be more like 17 to 22 beads per inch, depending on the finish. In general, there are 5 grams in each 2x2" bag of size 11/0. There are around 185 beads in a gram so a bag holds 850+ beads!
The larger size 8/0 Treasures has 33 beads per gram, we pack them in a wider tube which holds 9 to 10 grams, again, depending on the finish they can weigh more, holding around 300 beads.