About Asian Beads

Thank you for visiting TOKO-BEADS. Please read the following instruction to understand and enjoy our Asian Beads.

Precautions for Using Asian Beads

1. Asian beads (specially glass lampwork beads) are easy to chip and clack by bumping each other since around the hole at both ends of a bead is thin. This tendency is particularly among long and narrow shaped glass beads. When you make accessories, please use spacers such as metal beads, silver beads, or wood beads between glass beads.
2. Asian lampwork beads often have ash residue inside the hole. It's harmless and not avoidable due to production process. Before using, please remove it with a small brush or a pipe cleaner. We don't remove or wash ash residue to keep selling price lower.
3. Refund or replacement of strand item is not allowed if the strand is cut to pieces. Please check well before cutting. Several pieces of defect or damaged ( deformation, stain, crack, etc.) in a strand is not considered as a defective product as the price is already discounted for expected errors.
4. Color of beads and codes, regardless of its material, may migrate to clothes when getting wet by sweat or rain. It may also cause fading or discoloration from exposure to direct sunlight for long periods of time . Please be careful.

Characteristics of Asian Beads

 Asian beads are uneven in size, color and shape due to the following production background.
We hope our customers understand the background and enjoy unevenness as one of the values of Asian beads.
1. Asian beads are individually made by hand, and there is no product standard. In many cases there are no product code to specify design and color.
2. Since there is no product standard, unevenness in size and shape can be seen even in a production lot.
3. If production lot is different, unevenness can be seen in color as well.
4. Although it looks like the same color by comparison between pieces, it may looks different by comparison between dozens. Difference of this degree tend to be considered as the same color.

Our Standard for Putting Item Codes

 Due to the characteristics of Asian beads mentioned above, we put item codes on our products according to the following standards.
1. Basically a different item code is put on a new product purchased in a different timing even if it looks like the same design.
2. Exceptionally the same item code is put on a new product if it's color looks the same even by comparison between dozens.
3. Slight variation in size and color nuance within one design is considered as the same design and we put the same item code on it. Although some items have large variation in size exceptionally, we select similar sized beads as much as possible within the stock. Due to this, we recommend you to order required number of beads in one time to get the beads of similar size.


Our Standard for Picking Your Beads

 After receiving your order, we select your beads from our stock according to the following standards on the condition of "within our stock" and "without a specific request from you".
1. A bead in item image on our shopping site is the one of average among the variation (neither the biggest nor the smallest in variation).
2. If you order 1 piece, we select a similar bead with the item image by our judgement.
3. If you order 2 pieces, we select similar sized beads to be a pair.
4. If you order 3 pieces or more, size variation is getting larger.
5. This standard may not be kept if the stock is not many. When we judge size variation is too large, we inform you.


Our Standard for Size Description

Size of each item is displayed as [SIZE : diameter X length X hole (mm)] , and figures are rounded to the nearest 5mm units. Size description is an average of size variation, please use it as a rough guide.
>>Click HERE for more information about size description.

Other Description

1. [Antique] means approximately from several decades to several hundred years, not old as collections in museums.
2. [Iridescence on ancient glass] The glasses created in the Roman era or the Sassanid era is called as [Roman glass]. Some of Roman glasses have multicolored iridescence caused by the reflection of light by thin layers of weathered glass.
Components of buried glass such as silicate, aluminum oxide, etc. caused chemical reaction with soil components such as iron, copper, and magnesium to created thin layers on the surface which causes diffused reflection of light and make the glass iridescence.
3. mark is put on items which needs additional description. Please place the cursor over this mark to display the description.
4. mark is put on new items for about one month.
5. Stock available is displayed as [ Stock : 12 ] on the bottom part in each item column. means stock is more than one hundred. means out of stock.