About Semi-Precious Beads & Gemstones

Semi-precious beads and gemstones are a firm favourite amongst beaders, jewellery makers and crafters. Their natural quality brings effortless style to create stunning pieces with an ageless appeal. As they are a natural material, semi-precious stones have unique markings and colourings. These adaptations and variations are what make these beads highly sought after, allowing you to produce one-of-a-kind items that are truly miniature works of art.


Our range of semi-precious beads and gemstones can be easily adapted to fit with both traditional and contemporary designs, making them the perfect beading supply for any project you can dream of. From bracelets and necklaces to rings and earrings, semi-precious beads and gemstones are the ideal choice for any jeweller.


Semi-precious gemstones are often linked to birth signs and have been associated with various healing properties. Choosing the right gemstone can allow you to create the perfect personalised gift with a beautiful natural material.

Types Of Gemstones

Our range of semi-precious beads and gemstones contains some of the most sought after and beautiful beads, allowing you to bring the natural purity and style of semi-precious into your own work. Here are just a few of the highlights of our ever growing collection:

  • Agate is an incredibly popular semi-precious bead. Associated with healing and protection, the gemstone is available in many colours and patterns, such as the traditional purple hues of Purple Striped Agate and striking greens and whites of Tree Agate. For those who cannot decide, the mixed colour strings are the perfect option to showcase the beauty of agate.
  • Quartz offers an interesting array of colours and patterns that we love here at The Bead Shop. The classic Rose and Sky Quartz offer a beautifully ethereal glow to a simple strung piece while Fire Cherry Quartz gives perfect red, golden and smoky tones that can be hard to find in the usual beading supplies.
  • Hematite is a wonderfully robust bead. Believed to be beneficial for blood flow and stress, this beautiful metallic bead is quite weighty and adds a luxurious and expensive quality to any piece. Our range includes perfectly spherical round beads alongside electroplated skulls and a hematite mix, allowing you to pick the perfect hematite bead for any project.
  • From monkey skulls and eagles to Buddha heads, peace signs and crosses our range of dyed turquoise beads are perfect for those looking for something a little different whilst still retaining the high quality of a semi-precious gemstone.
  • If you are unsure of which semi-precious bead is best for you, why not try one of our semi-precious mixes? Both the bead and chip mixes contain a wonderful range of semi-precious gems so you can mix and match to create something truly special or just finally find your perfect gemstone. With the range of Semi-Precious beads and gems available here at The Bead Shop there is no limit to what you can make.

Working With Semi-Precious Beads

Semi-precious beads and gemstones are so versatile and easy to work with, you don't require any special tools or extra materials to create something beautiful. A good set of jewellery making tools is always a great place to start for any beginner or those just wanting to add to their existing tool kit.


Stringing material is essential if you are making a necklace or bracelet of any kind. Beadalon wire and Beadsmith metallic thread work well with semi-precious gemstone creations. You can also you them in your Kumihimo braided designs.


Don’t forget that you will also need some jewellery findings. We have a wide selection of clasps, crimp ends, earring findings and spiral pendants for your gem stone jewellery piece.