The elegance and grace of the swan is glorified in the 30x40mm two swans on black onyx rectangle bead. This large, rectangular bead is made from black onyx, giving the detailed painting a gleaming background. The painted swans swim on a silvery lake and their heads come together in a subtle heart shape. Their beautiful white feathers contrast nicely with the black background. Each one of these beads is painted by hand using traditional Russian methods. Brushes with fine hairs are used to apply many layers of paint and lacquer over a number of days or sometimes even weeks. Swans make a great symbol of love, as they mate for years and sometimes even for life.