Now that we've held Preciosa's Czech crystal beads in our hands, we're excited about the quality, pricing, and (new to us) color options!
Preciosa's machine-cut MC Rondell Beads (451 69 302), also known as bicones, are expertly crafted with rigorous attention to detail. This classic Rondelle bead shape offers a straightforward, shining selection of perfectly polished angles, and the colors are beautiful and consistent.
We sell Preciosa crystal rondelles in bulk, and you may discover a few chipped beads in a bulk bag. The occasional damaged bead is taken into consideration in the pricing -- they are approximately half the price of Swarovski crystal bicones, and there should be less than 5% damaged beads.
Please keep in mind that each bead manufacturer has slightly different names for their colors. For example, Preciosa's rose is peachier than Swarovski's rose, and the various shades of topaz do not compare directly from one manufacturer to the other.
Preciosa is honored to share their long heritage of authentic Bohemian crystal with the world. Founded in the Crystal Valley of Bohemia, their local sand is uniquely rich in silicon-oxide, making it ideal for glassmaking. For centuries, crystal companies in the Jablonec area of what is now the Czech Republic, have blended ancient tradition with innovative new technologies to create crystals with unrivaled clarity and amazing sparkle. In 1948, these companies merged to form Preciosa.