Firepolish beads from the Czech Republic are some of the most beautiful and versatile beading elements available. Also known as Czech Crystal or Bohemian Crystal beads, Firepolish beads have been a cottage industry in the Bohemian region of the Czech Republic for centuries.
Due to the unique mixture of elements in the local sand, this area became world renowned for the beauty and clarity of their glass work, leading to the term Bohemian Crystal. Over centuries, glass artists in this region have developed many techniques for creating the most beautiful glass beads.
In addition to the innovations like Two Hole Beads, special finishes and coatings as well as beautiful color combinations, Czech bead makers invented the firepolish technique.
Firepolish is a term used for beads that are faceted and highly polished. Round pressed glass beads are faceted roughly on grinding wheels, then these beads are hung in high temperature ovens which soften the glass, liquifying the surface just enough so that it becomes incredibly shiny.
These gorgeous beads are some of the highest quality in the world and have been famous throughout history. They are still today considered an essential element for any serious jewelry maker or beader to have in their tool kit because of their versatility, affordability and beauty.
Just look at these beautiful beads and try not to drool!