Featured bead: Hollow sterling beads

August 28, 2009

“Hollow” means a lot of different things when you talk about beads and findings.  Let’s look at hollow sterling beads…

Hollow sterling silver beads all have one thing in common — they’re light in weight and they’re more affordable than solid silver beads.

  • There are organic-shaped hollow sterling nugget beads.  They’re hollow because they’re a continuous surface like a pebble, only empty inside:
hollow sterling nugget beads

Hollow...

hollow silver roller beads

...toroidal...

  • Silver teapot charms are hollow because they’re shaped like a real teapot, with room inside for a tiny drink:
hollow 3-D silver teapot charm

...concave

If you really think about it, “hollow” could mean even more things…how about those deeply pockmarked lava beads?  Leave a comment to suggest more ideas about hollow beads!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Hutch August 28, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Dave: I believe that the hollow nugget beads are electroformed. As are some new shapes of silver bead, like the 24-975-27, which is coming soon. I think these are a great way to get a more substantial bead in precious metal while keeping the cost realistic.

    Actually, the basic round sterling beads are esentially “hollow”, too.

  • Reply Dave Robertson August 28, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks for the background info, Hutch!

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