Jewellery consists of ornamental items worn as personal adornment, for instance, rings, brooches, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and cufflinks. Jewellery can also be attached to the clothing or the body. For example, in eastern cultures, people wear bracelets made from pearls. In a western context, the word is restricted to ornamental items, including flowers such as the orchid. The word jewellery comes from the French word “jewelle”, which means “little piece of metal”. Other related terms include jewellery box (in British English, this becomes “jewelled box”) and key (in Canadian English, this becomes “keychain”).
Jewellery making, in contrast, consists of working with raw materials such as wood, shell, glass, metal, bone, ceramic or stone. As the main material used in jewellery making, wood is the most important check first. For instance, if you are making a bracelet out of a single piece of wood, check first that the wood does not have any cracks on it, since these would not allow the beads of different sizes to be evenly distributed. If you have to make a bracelet of several beads of varying sizes, use different thicknesses of wood in different places of the bracelet.
If you are looking into making necklaces or bracelets out of glass beads, then the most important check is the type of glass used in making the beads. It should be clear, so that you can see the colour through the bead. Another important thing to look into when buying jewellery is to check how thick the glass beads are. More often than not, glass beads are thin, but some are so thin that they do not pass standards for the thickness of the string. If you are looking at making jewellery out of thick glass beads, your choice might be limited.