Miyuki seed bead jewellery - what is it and where to buy?

Miyuki Seed Bead Jewellery

If you've come here, you've probably heard people talking about Miyuki and are not sure what it is, why it is special or are wondering where to buy it. The short answer is Miyuki is a type of a glass seed bead manufactured in Japan and we have a collection of miyuki bead bracelets, the most popular being our evil eye collection. No doubt you're more curious, so we'll give you the skinny in a top down approach.


Bead Jewellery

Assortment of beads including pearls, glass and plastic, with tools beside them

Beads have been used in jewellery for millennia and simply refers to a decorative object that has been strung together to form a necklace, bracelet or other accessory. These decorative objectives might included shells, stones, glass, pearls and plastic. 

The smallest of beads are referred to as seed beads, usually round and made from glass. 



Why is origin so important you might wonder? Origin always matters! Think of whether you'd prefer a Swiss made watch or one made in Djibouti. There's no comparison. You'd know the Swiss made watch was of far higher quality, would last longer and they have a much longer history (more knowledge) of making watches. Same goes with chocolate, if you want the best most people know you have to think about Swiss or Belgium chocolate. And so it is with seed beads, origin matters! Japan makes the best seed beads in terms of quality and variety. Don't just take out word though...


"The best quality beads are made mainly in Japan and the Czech Republic, with cheaper, more variable-quality beads imported from China and India. The most uniform-shaped seed beads come from Japan." (The Art of Beadwork by Jane Lock, 2013)


"Glass beads from Japan, where manufacturers have brought a high level of skill to their product." (Bead Riffs by Rachel Nelson-Smith, 1st ed, 2001)


What Is Miyuki And Why Are Their Seed Beeds So Special?

During the early part of the Showa period in Japan (first few years of Emperor Hirohito's reign in the 1930s), Seiichi Katsuoka started glass seed manufacturing in Fukuyama. His grandson, Masayoshi Katsuoka, established and named the Miyuki brand in 1974, preparing it to become the world famous manufacturer it is today. Their mission focused on creating beauty. 

"Beauty, our eternal wish, is something that has been valued in every culture since ancient times. It has the power to create dreams and to inspire. We are all searching for beauty and inspiration. While we are continuing our pursuit, we look forward to helping you in yours by offering the finest products available." (Kenji Katsuoka, President - Miyuki Co Ltd)

Miyuki beads are prized for their world class quality, colours, innovation, artistry and uniform shape, relied upon by makers of delicate jewellery all around the globe. The colour formulations by glass bead manufacturers are closely guarded secrets and this is where Miyuki has invested a lot in research and development. This is in comparison to say companies that manufacture cheaper beads in India and China, which in the worst of cases has seen the dyes/colour sometimes wear off on the wearer or their clothes. 

So if you are interested in buying glass seed jewellery, always look for "Miyuki!"


If you considering buying some Miyuki seed bead jewellery, why not consider a bracelet from our collection below:  

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