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Crystal Beads On-line

Updated on December 26, 2014
Swarovski crystals
Swarovski crystals | Source

Gotta love the glitter!

There is nothing more beautiful than the glitter of a piece of jewelry made from a crystal bead. Swarovski crystal beads are expecially beautiful. They have been expertly cut and polished to refract the light from every angle. Of course there are other crystal beads out there that beautifully refact the light but I still say there is nothing like a Swarovski crystal.

Last week I began looking around to see what craft I could get back into. As I looked around on the internet I began to get more and more interested in going back into jewelry making. Once I decided I wanted to go in that direction I need to choose what type of jewely and what medium I wanted to use. I've always loved the glow of the crystal and decided quickly that this was going to be the base choice. Looking further at the market I decided that the type would be bracelets. I have always been a sucker for a pretty bracelet myself.

Now all I had to do is find out where to get my supplies. I have visited more websites than you would believe to find the best. What I mean by that is the most reliable and of course, price is a factor. I found a slew of websites offering the type of beads i was lookin for. Now alll I had to do is start narrowing the list down to a managable few. Well, believe it or not I have done just that. That managable list is what I am going to give to you.

crystal bead patterns
crystal bead patterns | Source

My top picks

Fire Mountain Gems

They have the most diversified selection of Swarovski crystals. Their shipping is fast, their salepeople are beyond helpful and there is no problem too big or small for them to handle. Besides, they offer free patterns for their customers. They carry so many types and sizes of crystals that I won't even try too list them Visit them on the internet, you won't be sorry. They also have a great catalog.

Aunties Beads

This website also has a great selection. They carry Swarovski crystals in bicone, round, round rondells, helix, twist, briolette, and flatbacks. They offer a variety of sizes and colors and have a great staff and shipping policy. They are a pleasure to do business with.

Jewelry Supply

Also a good website to visit. They carry a good selection in both color and size. They are slao a pleasure to do business with.


Great selection of color and size. Good staff, fast shipping.


I have done business with this company for years. They have a good selection in color and size and are quick to get your supplies to you.

Austria Connection

This website is well worth the visit. They have some of the most beautiful beads out there. It may take a little longer to get your beads, only because of the distance, but they are well worth the wait.

Amazon and ebay

What would a list of online shopping be without Amazon and ebay? These two spots carry a very nice selection of crystal beads and many times are more economical.

All of the websites I have mentioned also carry a great selection of jewelry findings. As a matter of fact, you could call each one of them a one-stop-shop for jewelry making.


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You're right the lamp-work beads are a bit pricy. I'll keep an eye out for them If I find a good source I'll let you know. Thanks for the comment.

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      I have dealt with Fire Mountain and Art beads for years - love the Fire Mountain catalogue, too. Am still looking for a good source for lamp-work beads (they tend to be a little pricey). Have found a couple but they don't have much variety. Thanks for a great hub!

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I just love the glitter. Thanks

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      Patti Ann 7 years ago from Florida

      Excellent information! I also have just returned to jewelry making and Swarovski crystals are one of my favorites to work with.