Top-drilled beads are perennial favorites for earrings and focals. Often we only see top drilled beads in high-end strands or sold as individual pendants in less expensive stone types.
Smaller top-drill beads in less pricey stone types can be lots of fun, but tricky to find... or findable only in 16" strands. We put our minds to it, did a little leg work, and got some top-drilled strands that we think are juuuuust right.
I couldn't wait to play with them, so I took home a couple strands of Crazy Lace Agate, sorted the colors and made a bloomin' awesome (if I do say so myself) necklace. I also discovered it makes a tasty headband!
Stone Cold Truth #2: Multicolored beads look waaay different off the strand than on. If you look at a strand and find the variations in color or pattern distracting, take them off and sort them by color or opacity or pattern. It will give you an entirely different perspective!