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Difference in the Details: Carved Beads
Posted by Erin to Articles

Beads carved into unique shapes or with intricate designs have extra visual interest. They also require additional skill to produce. In addition to the technical skill and patience, a stone carver needs to understand the unique behavior of the stone being carved.

Softer stones are poor candidates for carved pieces. Not only are they a higher risk for breakage during the carving process, but but there’s less opportunity to create detailed designs.


Some of our most popular carved pendants are Green Aventurine. Green Aventurine honors the Eastern tradition of carved Jade without bringing along the high price point. It’s also a little bit harder and consequently more durable.

When you’re purchasing carved beads remember that each one will have slight variations. Since they aren’t made by machines, they won’t be exactly the same. You will pay more for carved beads, as they require far more time and training to produce. Just like unique shapes, expect carved beads and focals to increase in price and decrease in availability as interest in stone cutting as a career wanes.

Erin, Dakota Stones
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