Pearl beads come in a wide variety of colors and styles, and depending on your project, pearls can add a nice look. Many just think about using round beads, but using other shapes as spacers and even focal beads, you will be able to create just the right look.
Potato Pearl Beads are oval shaped and have a vertical hole in the center; they usually have some sort of striation on them.
Button Pearl Beads are flat on one side and rounded on the other with a hole drilled top-to-bottom. These are great to use as caps to a focal bead.
Rice Pearl Beads look like grains of rice and are typically no larger than 4mm long.
Stick Pearl Beads are long, rectangle shaped beads with bumps and grooves. They are often flat, but some are rounded. The hole may be horizontal or vertical. These are great to use as drop earrings or as fringe.
Keishi Pearl Beads are usually flat with a hole drilled through the center. They often look like wavy disks. You can use them like chip beads, and bead them in clusters.