Today's beads are 13x6mm "Fire New Jade" according to the label. From what I understand this is a version of serpentine jade: A variety of the mineral serpentine resembling jade in appearance and used as an ornamental stone.
I like the light tones in these beads and would like to use them in the same piece of jewelry for an earthy, summery vibe. A double strand bracelet made with these would showcase the contrasts between the beads. I'd like to find some small matte gold seed beads to place in between them. I think this might actually be my opportunity to use some light colored sea glass in a piece of jewelry.
I received a small jar of sea glass from a sister in-law a couple years ago, who had brought it back from Maine, and have had thoughts of using it, but never really knew how. I happened to come across a great blog of a fellow jewelry designer/crafter at Kokopelli Design in Germany who is also starting to work with sea glass. While reading her blog, I discovered there is a social network for sea glass artists. I'm going to have to study up a bit, but will keep you posted.
Have a great evening!