Facets are flat faces on geometric shapes. Gemstones commonly have facets cut into them in order to improve their appearance by allowing them to reflect light. The art of faceting enhances the brilliance and lustre of gemstones.
I just love the extra sparkle that faceted gemstone beads have. Pictured here are some of my recent beadstring purchases (I was purposely sourcing faceted gemstones on my last buying trip). Above are some lovely tiny faceted Emerald rondelle beads (rondelles are flat circular beads).
These Black Tourmaline beads are breathtaking – they just shimmer all the time as their many surfaces catch the light. It reminds me of the way late afternoon sunlight shimmers on water, as on the surface of the sea or a lake.
These faceted rondelle Goldstone beads are such a lovely colour too. Goldstone glitters beautifully anyway, the faceting just adds extra zing.
I could not resist these Red Tiger’s Eye round faceted beads. If you have read my previous posts, you will know that I love Tiger’s Eye.
And last but not least, these lovely Dark Blue Sapphire beads caught my eye as well. These are very dainty and have been designated for a bracelet and earrings set.
This an example of a finished necklace using faceted Ocean Agate gem-quality beads:
It is hard to take a picture that does this necklace justice – the beads are mulit-faceted and they literally sparkle.
View Big Skies Jewellery’s gemstone necklaces, bracelets and earrings in the Big Skies Jewellery store on Etsy.
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