Let’s Be Clear – or Not: Transparent vs Opaque

There are some beady terms that we tend to take the definition of for granted, but I’d like to just pause for a moment to “make clear” what is meant when we rattle off terms like “transparent,” “crystal,” etc. These definitions are pretty standard – but can be confusing if you are just getting started. When someone refers to a bead being transparent, it means you can see through it – but it is not necessarily colourless. In some cases, it’s darn hard to see through, because the glass is a very dark colour, but transparent glass beads can be …