Depending on what you’re making jewelry whether you’re doing it for fun or for sales, you may want to consider upgrading from plastic, glass, and other synthetic beads and invest in some semi-precious beads.

These are beads made from semi-precious gemstones.

What are Semi-Precious Gemstones?

In case you’re not sure exactly what a semi-precious gemstone is, here is a little overview of what makes this type of gem what it is. You will also learn about some of the gemstones that fall into this category.

Precious and semi-precious are classifications for gemstones that have been around since the 1800s. There’s really no huge difference in value between these two types of stone. You might find semi-precious gemstones that are more costly than precious gemstones. This is why it’s a confusing categorization.

Four types of stones are generally classified as precious. They are diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, and rubies. These are also a few of the more popular gems when it comes to jewelry, like earrings and engagement rings.

Semi-Precious stones include everything else. Some of the most common semi-precious stones are amethyst, garnet, blue topaz, yellow citrine, rose quartz, smokey quartz, clear quartz, aquamarine, peridot, and turquoise. There are many more gemstones, and you can find most of them in the form of semi-precious beads in crafting stores and online.

So, if you’d like to start including semi-precious beads in your jewelry making, you have a lot of options to choose from.

Things to Consider When Using Semi-Precious Beads in Jewelry Making

Semi-precious beads are going to cost you more than plastic and wooden beads, although they may sometimes be comparable to the cost of glass beads.

Because of the quality difference and the cost difference, here are a few things to think about before you start making jewelry with these beautiful gemstones.

1. Consider the Cost

Consider the cost of your stones. If you’re running a jewelry making business, it would be wise to find a wholesale supplier, so you can save some money on beads. If you’re making one-of-a-kind pieces, you may need less of each stone bead type, but the costs can still add up.


When it comes to the cost of supplies, this will affect how much you price your finished products. You want to calculate how much you’ll need to charge and determine if people will pay that for what you’re offering. You want to make money back on your supplies, and still make money for the time you put into making your jewelry pieces.

2. Consider Your Other Supplies

What else are you using to make your jewelry with semi-precious beads? Are your findings and other beads quality items that will ensure your jewelry creations are well-made and stand up for what people will expect from something made with semi-precious gemstones?

Consider using gold or sterling silver, or other precious metals, or at least some semi-precious metals. Semi-precious metals include tungsten (which is extremely popular right now), platinum, and titanium.

This is just a list of some of the more well-known options. Don’t buy plated pieces or metals that are made with lead and nickel. People want jewelry that is lead and nickel-free, and they don’t wish to turn their ring fingers green.

3. How Will You Use Them?

You have some various options the usage of semi-precious beads in your jewelry making. The stone beads can be used as pendants and focal pieces if they are large enough.

You can use them as spacer beads depending on what you’re making and what else you’re using to make it. Or they can be used as general beads in pieces that don’t have a focal point and are using other types of beads for spacers.

Your semi-precious beads can be used in any type of jewelry you want to use them in. While necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are the most common, you can learn how to make rings. Toe rings sell great during the warm months. Ankle bracelets are also a warm weather must.

Get creative. People will spend more on something unusual, which will make up for the cost of using semi-precious beads in your jewelry.

Are You Using Semi-Precious Beads in Your Jewelry Making?

Semi-precious beads make a beautiful addition that will enhance the look of your jewelry.

The people you sell to will be impressed with the quality of the beads you use and the fact that you put so much thought and care into your creations. You’ll also feel pride in the fact that you invested quality in the work you’ve created.