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Naturally Enhancing The Color Of Matte Gemstone Beads

Naturally Enhancing The Color Of Matte Gemstone Beads

A great way to give your matte finish beads a beautiful appearance that makes all of the natural features pop. It is a simple process that can be done in your kitchen requiring only a rag, some mineral oil, and a few minutes of your time. Stones with oil applied in this fashion will have a beautiful appearance for many years.

Test it on one bead before oiling a whole strand to ensure that the color change is what you are looking for. Also be careful to not get mineral oil on knots and crimps because it can cause wires and cords to slide resulting in them coming undone. 


Steps for applying mineral oil to your matte beads:

  1. Place some mineral oil on a fuzzy cloth.
  2. Wipe oil on the beads with the cloth.
  3. Let the oil sit in the beads for a few minutes to soak in.
  4. Wash the beads with a a little bit of soap and water.
  5. Dry the beads with a dry cloth and set them to dry under a fan.
  6. If the beads are still oily to the touch, repeat steps 4 and 5. Be careful to not wash too much as it will remove the all of the oil and you will not get the desired effect. 

Share your experiences with the community in the comments section below!

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Comments on this post (4)

  • Aug 15, 2021

    Hi - I’m new to using matte beads. One of the things that appeals to me about many of them is that frosted appearance. But I also really like the way the oiled matte beads look in your video and I can see how it would help gemstones with lots of colors or patterns really pop. My question is this -- After oiling them, are they still fairly distinguishable from polished beads if they were strung together in a single jewelry item?
    Thank you!

    — Holly

  • Oct 20, 2020

    Hi…I enjoyed your very informative video… I just found your website… I can’t believe there is a bead website that I have never been too… 😆 lol…
    Now I have to go look around…
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    — Anonymous

  • Oct 16, 2020

    Hi Sue! Thank you for the nice words. With regard to your question, it is possible that a specific stone material is entirely gone or no rough material has been imported to the cutters recently. Given the lockdowns in recent months it has also put a halt to the movement and mining of fresh rough stone. Good quality Kunzite is hard to come by, but Seasame Jasper, aka Kiwi Jasper, is fairly plentiful. You can find it in our jasper collection here. https://www.tejasbeads.com/collections/jasper

    — Anonymous

  • Oct 16, 2020

    Hi I love your beads! My question is that a company that sells gem bracelets one for up to 160.00 always is saying out of a certain bead cant get it anymore The mine is closed Now i make my own bracelets and i can always find quality beads . Like sesame jasper or kunzite . Their beads are from very top of the line They say!! Is there such a thing Because yours are great

    — Sue

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