Shimmer and shine with these glass beads which feature expertly cut facets and are ideal for a range of sparkly jewellery and craft projects.
What Are AB, Electroplate & Fire Polished Beads?
Many faceted or cut glass beads are given even greater sheen by virtue of a coating such as AB, electroplate or fire polishing.
AB is an acronym for aurora borealis which is a highly reflective coating applied to beads to enhance their external shine. In a similar way, electroplated beads typically have a thin layer of metal superimposed onto their surface which adds to their shine, whilst fire polished beads are exposed to additional heat which serves to polish and remove any imperfections hence they are often premium quality.