A Bead by Any Other Name
Sandra J Paluzzi
By definition, a bead has a whole running through it. The hole can be drilled lengthwise or widthwise, but it is completely drilled through.
I sometimes get requests for beads without holes. These are technically marbles, not beads. A marble does not have a hole, a bead does. Marbles tend to be round.
Another object without a hole is a cabochon. Cabochons are usually flatter and longer than marbles.
A pendant or charm can dangle from a wire. Sometimes a bale is attached to a cabochon. The presence of the bale makes the cab a pendant. While the terms pendants and charms are interchangeable, most people consider charms smaller than pendants.
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