I use these 8 mm beads in a variety of colors to make interchangeable drop earrings along with a spacer bead and a Smart Bead to hold it all together. The wide variety of colors help make it possible to match every out fit.
Round and black...perfect for Halloween
I like to get these for Halloween jewelry projects to combine with ''acorn'' looking bead caps in copper and with a few different embellishments these can go a long way to many different bracelet and earring styles.
As the other reviewer has commented, Swarovski's "black" pearl color is not a true black but rather a very dark grey. ("Mystic black" is true black, but therefore lacks the pearly finish -- mystic black is shiny, but not "pearly.")
I was aware of this ahead of time from reading reviews (thanks, reviewers!), so for me these were exactly as expected. I also purchased a Tierracast charm in their "black" finish (which is also more of a very dark grey or gunmetal), and these matched perfectly, which is what I was hoping.
As for the quality, well, these are Swarovski pearls, so (in my experience) they are pretty much flawless, except for maybe a handful in every 100 or so.
These pearls are not shiny black like the mystic black, but more dull, and they have a vintage feel to them. Just talking about them makes me want to create some treasures. :)