This large puffed oval bead is brushed in such a way that it appears almost faceted! When you move this bead it reflects light off of each different facet, creating a very appealing piece. Use this beautiful fine silver bead as a focal point in your designs for that extra special added touch. To keep up with the recent trends, keep checking our Fashion Trends section! Hill Tribe Silver from Thailand is being featured in the current bead magazines. These items are made by the Karen Hill Tribe in northern Thailand using traditional tribal methods passed down from generation to generation. Purchasing these silver items helps sustain a traditional craft and provides the Karen people with a reliable source of income. The silver content in our Hill Tribes silver beads and pendants is typically 95-99%, even higher than sterling (92.5%). This higher silver content is softer and therefore easier to shape into all the unique and wonderful styles. On close inspection you will notice that no two pieces are exactly alike, attesting to the handmade nature of these beautiful pieces.