As a small business owner who has recently started to need access to Charlotte beads, it is important to understand as much as possible about the merchandise that you will be ordering. In addition, although Charlotte beads are an affordable option, it is important to remember that by buying wholesale and directly from the distributor, you will usually save money. Therefore, you should make sure to have the information from your business license readily available when you are ready to make your purchase.

#1 - What Sizes Of Charlotte Beads Are Available?

In general, you will find that it is easier to find Charlotte beads that are 13°. It is important to note that when you are ordering any other size, it will often be referred to as a true bead, one-cut or true-cut. The 13° was the first and only bead produced by the company for many years and continues to be the most popular size.

However, if you find someone with sufficient stock, you can also order the following sizes:

  • 11°

  • 15°

#2 - How Difficult Is It To Find Someone With Sufficient Stock?

Unfortunately, there is often limited availability of any type of Charlotte beads since their production is only provided in a few places. That means that, if you find a wholesaler who has adequate amounts to sell your business, you should plan appropriately when making your order. As with any trade secret, it would also be advantageous to keep your source for Charlotte beads as confidential as you can.

#3-What Makes Charlotte Beads So Special?

It is commonly thought that the Charlotte beads first came into use in the 1840's and that it bears the name of the creator's daughter. Wikipedia also reports them as a very shiny bead, largely because they are typically produced with a single facet. Charlotte beads are not used to as a way to reference types, sizes, cuts or similarities to other types of beads and therefore it is not an industry term. It is specific solely to Charlotte beads and their features.

If the single facet option does not meet the needs of your customers, you can also choose the barrel-faceted option. It resembles a nugget and although it starts as a round bead, it gets its shape as the result of machine incisions made randomly to its surface. A third option is the two-cut seed bead, which is unique because it is never round. Instead, the raw cane that would be used to make a standard bead is shaved and then further minimized through a series of shavings to the surface.