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PRECIOSA rocailles are the most used type of glass seed beads. They were created in Venice, Italy in the 15th century. These beads have been produced industrially in Bohemia since the 18th century. These round-shaped seed beads are manufactured using unique technology for cutting glass tubes with round or square holes into various sized pieces w...
PRECIOSA rocailles are the most used type of glass seed beads. They were created in Venice, Italy in the 15th century. These beads have been produced industrially in Bohemia since the 18th century. These round-shaped seed beads are manufactured using unique technology for cutting glass tubes with round or square holes into various sized pieces which are then rounded and polished when hot and subsequently classed by size and shape. The PRECIOSA rocailles are produced in sizes from 1.5 mm to 8 mm and the sizes of the Czech PRECIOSA seed beads are stated using the traditional so-called zero series. The regular sizes range from the smallest 16/0 through to the largest 1/0, while rarities also include the four large sizes of 31/0, 32/0, 33/0 and 34/0, known colloquially as potatoes. We divide the PRECIOSA rocailles into so-called uncoated and coated rocailles according to the level of their subsequent finish. Whereas uncoated rocailles are left with the pure glass finish, a coated rocaille is given a further surface finish, for example colouring, galvanising or other types of decoration. Cut PRECIOSA rocailles are a special type of PRECIOSA seed bead on which 1-2 small facets are cut on a special cutting wheel. This makes the PRECIOSA rocaille sparkle and it acquires exceptional optical properties in combination with some other surface finishes. The most popular size of these cut PRECIOSA seed beads is the 13/0 size, traditionally known as Charlotte beads. Czech PRECIOSA seed beads are often compared with other well-known Japanese seed beads (for example, the Miyuki brand). You will also come across them in many places throughout the world and in many contexts: in costume jewellery, hobby articles, Christmas decorations, clothing and shoe embroidery and appliqués and fashion and home accessories or in the most traditional of seed bead products, i.e. ethnic souvenirs made by the Indians of both Americas, African tribes or a number of Asian nations.
Together with the rocaille range, the range of cut beads is one of the best selling types from our entire range of seed beads. They are the only ones from the family of seed beads which are produced using the unique technology of cutting glass pipes. This range includes 14 types of PRECIOSA seed beads. The unique types of colored glass which is used to produce the range of cut beads are incomparable with regard to their numbers and quality.
It is produced using the unique technology of cutting, tumbling and cutting glass tubes. Cut Rocailles stand out from the cut seed beads produced by the company under the PRECIOSA Traditional Czech Beads™ brand. Their most popular size in this category is 13/0 known as Charlotte. The next seed beads which are included in this range are Three-Cuts and Cut PRECIOSA Farfalle™.