Glossary of Beading Terms

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Dangle

Dangle

Any part of a piece of jewelry that hangs free and can move with the wearer. Dangles add motion to a piece.

Dichroic Glass

Dichroic Glass

Glass that has a distinctive and intensely colorful metallic appearance which changes as the piece is viewed at different angles. Sheets of dichroic glass can be purchased and worked using fused glass techniques.

Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher

An object originating with the Ojibwe people (American Indian) and now seen as a general “Native American” object. Made of leather strips and beads, the dream catcher is a circular web that is hung above someone’s bed to ward off, or “catch” bad dreams. The technique has been adapted and incorporated into jewelry. photo credit

Druzy

Druzy

Druzy (also called druse, drusy) is a layer of tiny quartz crystals that sometimes form on gemstones, giving them a striking sparkly appearance. Gemstones with this effect are often made into pendants and are sometimes coated with thin layers of metal to enhance the effect.