If you notice on some of the bead finishes we talk about their durability. Depending on the finish or colour you will find that there may be issues in use.
Some beads are not as colourfast as others, the colour may fade or rub off. Thought should be given about what you are intending the beads to be used for and if the colour you are using will stand up to wear. This is especially important if the beadwork is to be worn against the skin which is quite a harsh environment for a bead.
So how do you know this before you buy, it's easy! We have created a traffic light system to show you if there are any problems with a colour, see an example here: Example Bead Page. Remember, just because there may be an issue in use does not mean you can't use it in your design, for instance this colour example used in an ornament or earring will hold up very well. You can even use it in a bracelet, but if the item is for sale or used by someone who is prone to a high acidity in their skin, a Duracoat version of the bead may be more appropriate.
I should probably mention that care should still be taken when handling beads, even the most durable beads should be looked after. Check out our tip for looking after beadwork here: Tip: Looking after finished beadwork