I like to use lava rock beads in my jewelry, to add an element of texture to the piece. Most lava rock beads come from Indonesia. Lava rock is formed when hot lava from volcanic eruptions, cools and hardens. During this cooling process air bubbles and air pockets are formed creating naturally formed voids or holes that end up making each bead unique.The black beads are tumbled, polished and oiled or waxed to a smooth finish. They are actually very light weight making them perfect for using in jewelry. I like the irregular surface of lava rock beads next to a bead or crystal that is perfectly faceted or totally smooth as it adds a nice contrast .
I also think that lava rocks look stunning when combined with sterling silver!
This is a bracelet that I made awhile ago, incorporating a few lava rock beads, with Swarovski crystal, onyx, Venetian glass, quartz and sterling silver. I kept this one, and because it usually goes with most things in my wardrobe, I tend wear it often.