For your finest jewelry designs, choose seamless .925 sterling silver and gold-filled beads made in Italy. They're hollow, so even though they are superior quality, they're still a good price point. Other best-selling precious metal options include less-expensive (but still good quality) basic rounds in sterling, gold fill and silver fill, as well as classic Bali-style flower spacers, sparkling "moon cut" beads, and glittering "stardust" beads. Curved tubes are popular as a bail at the center of a choker / necklace, and are the perfect curve for elegant bracelets (they're often called "bracelet tubes"). Silicone-Lined SmartBeads allow you to "lock in" sections of your design! Other fun bead shapes include flighty wing beads, cheerful sterling bird beads, cool bead frames, baroque nuggets, keishi shaped beads and more.