Glass beads are cooler to the touch than plastic ones. Pick up the bead in question. If it feels cool in your hand, it is most likely glass. If it feels closer to room temperature or if it warms up quickly in your hand, it is probably plastic.

How do you identify beads?

If your beads have holes drilled into them, the finish of the holes can help you identify their substance. The holes of glass beads may have a powdery look, while plastic beads appear untouched. Transparent glass beads may look frosty around the area where the hole was drilled; plastic beads will not have this quality.

How can you tell if coral beads are fake?

Take a closer look at your coral and determine if there are any visible bubbles on the surface. If so, it is probably an imitation bead made of glass or plastic. During the cooling process, the surface of plastic and glass beads is susceptible to develop bubbles. Jun 3, 2019

How To Tell The Difference Between Glass, Gemstone, Pearls, & Plastic Beads

I’m showing you how to tell what type of bead you have. 🙂

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