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Czech Seed Beads

Seed bead sizing: Seed bead sizing works the reverse of how you might think. Size 6/0 is relatively large, and gets smaller as the numbers go up - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 (probably our most popular size) and on to 12, 13, 15, 16. Oddly enough while size 2/0, 3/0, 4/0 are large, 31/0, 32/0 and 33/0 are huge. Go figure.

Preciosa now controls the largest glassworks and bead business in Czech Republic, under the new corporate name of Preciosa Ornela. They make glass beads under the name Preciosa, but also using the advertising name and logo Jablonex - Traditional Czech Glass Beads. They still buy their beads from the hundreds of small cottage industry bead and button makers from around the region, and we feel they are still some of the best glass beads in the world. Even Matubo buys their glass from Preciosa.

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