About Bead Shapes

We source unusual and beautiful vintage and modern beads for jewellery making which will make your designs notably unique!

Just as colour can affect our mood, so to can shapes…

Shapes are around us and in everything that we see. But did you realise that we subconsciously connect emotions to shapes? In fact, shapes evoke certain emotions. For example, shapes with rounded edges are softer and more approachable, while shapes with sharp lines and edges, depict strength and resilience.

Read on and learn more about shapes and how by combining shapes they can add texture to your jewellery designs in an instant.

Round isn’t Everything!

Beads come in a myriad of shapes including chips, triangles, donuts, ovals, cubes, coins, petals, flowers, stars & squares to name just a few. By combining different shapes in one design you create instant texture! Today the variety of shapes & materials used for beads is endless (glass, semi precious, plastic, wood, metal, clay, & shell).

Some are mass produced whilst others are still being made using ancient traditional techniques from the four corners of the globe including:

  • Cloisonné from the Far East,
  • Semi Precious from India,
  • Batik Bone from Africa,
  • Glass & Crystal from Europe

Using different shaped beads in your designs creates texture and is a great design tool.

How To Add Texture to Your Jewellery Designs?


Texture is described as something sensed by touch.
The use of texture is about appreciating the sense of touch.

why texture?

Texture adds interest to your designs.
Texture adds variety to your designs.


Combine different shapes!


“I have had lots of comments on the quality of your beautiful brass. Love it all!” Sue QLD

“Every time I visit Etelage I always find something different to buy.” Mandy MELBOURNE

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