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New Hampshire Bead Company
PO Box 475
Center Harbor, NH 03226
USA

(603) 677-2091

Frequently Asked Questions

Bead Questions

1. What are the different types of Silver and what is .925 Sterling Silver?
2. What does 14kt Gold mean?
3. What does it mean by Gold-filled?
4. What is Vermeil?
5. What is Base Metal?
6. What is Gauge?
7. How Many Beads will I need to make . .?
8. How many beads are on a strand?
9. What length should I make my . . ?
10. What is the difference between a millimeter and an inch?
11. What are the birthstones for each month?

Site Questions

1. Do you offer a catalog?
2. Do you have a physical store?
3. Do you sell Internationally?
4. What payment options do you have?
5. When will I receive my order?
6. How do ensure my order is accurate?
7. How does my coupon work?
8. How do I get coupons?
9. Do you sell wholesale?
10. Do you have quantity discounts?
11. How do I get free shipping?

Bead Questions

1. What are the diferent types of silver and what is .925 Sterling Silver?

Type of silver   What is it?
What other metal(s) is it mixed with?
  What is the proportion (stamp)?
Bali silver  
  • Sterling silver.
  • Mixed with pewter for a grayer tone.
  .925
Base metal (silver tone)   Any non-precious metal such as white bronze, nickel, zinc, steel etc. can be considered base metal. Another name for it is pot metal.    
Fine silver   Pure silver. Softer and more resistant to tarnish than sterling.   1.000
Liquid silver  
  • Sterling silver.
  • Liquid silver describes heishi (or tube) beads strung together. They "flow" like liquid.
  Too small to stamp!
Nickel silver  
  • Does not contain any silver.
  • A silver-white metallic element.
   
Rhodium  
  • Does not contain any silver.
  • A silver-white metallic element that does not tarnish. It occurs naturally in platinum ores and is often alloyed with platinum.
  • Hides solder seams and adds a clean, shiny, even surface.
   
Sterling silver  
  • In USA, silver alloyed (mixed) with copper. The copper makes it stronger and allows it to patina (turn dark) faster, giving details more "depth."
  .925

2. What does 14k Gold mean?

Gold is our most malleable metal.  Because it is so soft, it is mixed with other metals to make it stronger.

Popular Karats  
 
10K   10 parts gold plus 14 parts other metal(s) - minimum amount of gold to be considered "gold"
 
 
14K   14 parts gold plus 10 parts other metal(s)
 
18K   18 parts gold plus 6 parts other metal(s)
 
22K   22 parts gold plus 2 parts other metal(s)
 
24K   24 parts gold

3. What does it mean by Gold-filled?

Despite what the name implies, gold-filled doesn't mean the piece of metal is filled with gold. It's exactly the opposite: the gold is wrapped around a core of base metal. The base metal is a yellow-colored (such as brass) with karat gold bonded to it.

How many karats of gold are in gold-filled? There are two types of gold-filled products on the market: 14/20 and 12/20. These numbers represent the proportion of gold to base metal.

14/20 gold filled is the most popular combination because most people are not allergic to 14 karat gold. 14/20 means the top 20 percent of the item is 14 karat gold. The remaining core (80 percent) is the base metal.

How is gold-filled different from gold-plated? Gold-plated products have a very thin layer of gold on a base metal. Sometimes it is so thin that the gold wears off, gets scratched off and even polished off. With gold-filled items, you would have to really work at it to wear off 20 percent of the metal!

4. What is Vermeil?

Vermeil (pronounced vur-may) is a term that describes a coating of gold on sterling silver (sometimes referred to as gilded silver), made using the process of electrolysis, electricity and an acid bath, to attach the gold to sterling. Electrolysis is also called electroplating or just "plating" for short. A layer of approximately .003 inch of 18 karat gold is typically used.

5. What is Base Metal?

Base metals are any metals that are non-precious. Gold-colored base metals include brass and bronze alloys. Silver-colored base metals include white bronze, lead, zinc, nickel, tin and steel. Copper and bronze (the brown type) are also considered base metals. Base metal is often plated with precious metals (i.e.. gold-plated and sterling silver-plated).

Useful Measurements

6. What is Gauge?

The thickness of a piece of wire or sheet metal is referred to as its gauge. The higher the number the thinner the wire. Question: which is thicker, an earring wire that is 24 gauge or 22 gauge? Answer: 22 gauge.
 

7. How many beads will I need to make . . ?

Below are the approximate numbers of beads that you will need. The figures are rounded up to the nearest bead. We recommend that you get a few extra beads just in case. Don't forget to include the length of your clasp when calculating your finished piece.

Finished
length

3mm
 beads

4mm
beads

5mm
beads

6mm
 beads

8mm
beads

10mm
beads

12mm
beads

14mm
beads

16mm
beads

1"

9

7

6

5

4

3

2

2

2

7"

60

45

36

30

23

18

15

13

11

16"

136

102

82

68

50

41

34

29

26

24"

204

153

122

101

77

61

51

44

38

8. How many beads are on a strand?

Divide 400 by the millimeter (mm) size of the beads to get an average of the number of beads on a strand. For example, to determine the number of beads on a 5mm strand, divide 400 by 5 to get 80. This means there are 80 beads on an average strand of 5mm beads.

9. What length should I make my . . ?

Please remember that people come in different shapes and sizes. These measurements are just a starting point. Don't forget to consider the length of your clasp.

Anklet   9"
Bracelet   7"
Necklace:           
     Choker   16"
     Princess   18"
     Matinee   24"
     Opera   32"
     Rope   48"

10. What is the difference between a millimeter and an inch?

One centimeter (cm) is equal to ten millimeters (mm).  A bead which is 10mm in diameter would measure to the "1" on the cm part of this ruler.

11. What are the birthstones for each month?

January: Garnet or Rose Quartz February: Amethyst or Onyx March: Aquamarine or Bloodstone April: Diamond or Rock Crystal (Quartz) May: Emerald or Chrysoprase June; Alexandrite, Moonstone or Pearl July: Ruby or Carnelion August: Peridot or Sardonyx September Sapphire or Lapis October: Opal or Tourmaline November: Topaz or Citrine December: Zircon or Turquoise.

Site Questions

1. Do you offer a catalog?

Our website offers you access to our dynamic online catalog. It is always up to date and reflects sales and special offers that no catalog could reflect. Please check out our site often for new products, sales and specials.

2. Do you have a physical store?

No - that's one way we are able to keep our prices so low! Although we know some people like to see, touch and feel products before purchasing, please remember that you are welcome to return any product you are not completely satisfied with.

3. Do you sell Internationally?

AndoverExchange.com ships internationally to most countries. We cannot be responsible for any tariffs that may be imposed by your country.

4. What payment options do you have?

We accept only Paypal. Please keep in mind that coupons are exclusive to online payments only - this is the most cost-effective method to process your order.

5. When will I receive my order?

Your order typically ships within 24 hours of receipt except on weekends, holidays or unusually busy times of the year. Please plan accordingly.

6. How do you ensure my order is accurate?

Please review your e-mail for accuracy once you have placed your order. Any error we may make in shipping (rare, but not impossible) will be cheerfully, promptly corrected.

7. How does my coupon work?

We offer coupons through our Newsletter. Coupons are only valid for online orders and are restricted to one coupon per order. Most coupons can only be used once per person. We do not apply coupons retroactively to previous orders. Coupons must be entered exactly as shown or the system will not accept them.

8. How do I get coupons?

We offer coupons through our Newsletter. Please sign up by clicking on the 'E-Mail Us' button and request to be added to our Newsletter list. We will never sell your e-mail address or use it for any other purpose than to provide you with information and coupons for extra savings!

9. Do you sell wholesale?

NHBeadCompany.com has very competitively-priced merchandise on the site. We do not, as with some of our competitors, start with high prices and then discount the prices through coupon offerings. Having said that, a 10% discount off the total order is available instantly for anyone buying in quantity of over $300.00 and purchasing efficently over the web. For online orders, use the coupon code "wholesale" (no need for quotation marks when typing in the coupon code)to instantly receive 10% off regular pricing. It is your responsibility to enter the coupon code with your order. All coupons are one coupon per order and not valid with other offers. All discounts are for in stock items only. Coupon discounts are applied to sale items and closeouts. Coupons: Use these codes when prompted as you check out. You will see the total with discount automatically applied before you finalize the order. One coupon per order (choose the one that works best for your particular order). These codes can be used more than once, as long as you meet the order minimum.

10. Do you have quantity discounts?

Please see #9 above - the answer is the same!

11. How do I get free shipping?

All domestic orders over $200.00 qualify for free shipping. Enter the coupon code FREESHIP200 in the coupon code field when you check out to receive free standard shipping. It is not valid with other coupons, and you are responsible for entering the code to receive the free shipping offer. Free shipping orders are generally sent USPS first class or priority.


Coupons!

Free shipping for domestic orders over $200.00 (coupon code=freeship200)

10% discount on all orders over $300.00 (coupon code=wholesale)

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Items in photos are not shown in their actual size

Although a very close representation, color in photos may not reflect exact color of beads


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