Beaded jewellery commonly encompasses necklaces, bracelets, earrings, belts and rings.
Beads may be large or small; the smallest type of beads used are known as seed beads, these are the beads used for the "woven" style of beaded jewellery.
In creating jewellery, gemstones, coins, or other precious items are often used, and they are typically set into precious metals.
Platinum alloys range from 900 (90% pure) to 950 (95.0% pure).
Seed beads are also used in an embroidery technique where they are sewn onto fabric backings to create broad collar neck pieces and beaded bracelets.
Bead embroidery, a popular type of handwork during the Victorian era, is enjoying a renaissance in modern jewellery making.
There are negative consequences of the diamond trade in certain areas.
Diamonds mined during the recent civil wars in Angola, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, and other nations have been labelled as blood diamonds when they are mined in a war zone and sold to finance an insurgency.
The silver used in jewellery is usually sterling silver, or 92.5% fine silver.
In costume jewellery, stainless steel findings are sometimes used.