Miracle Beads

Written by Sarah Provost
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Miracle beads are prized for their striking optical effect. The core of the bead is made of Lucite, with a silver mirror plate finish. This is then coated with many layers of colored lacquer. Even ambient light will pass through the lacquer, reflect off the mirror core, and gleam back through the layers of lacquer, resulting in the "miraculous" illusion of depth. When held to the light, it looks as if there is a bead inside the bead.

Miracle beads come in three different qualities. The best grade is imported from Japan. The beads are also manufactured in Taiwan and Mainland China. These are usually distributed through Hong Kong, and are generally considered to be imitation miracle beads.

Miracle beads generally range in size from four to eight mm. They come in a wide range of colors, including two-tones. Be aware that the iridescence and depth of miracle beads do not photograph well, and colors represented in photos may not be very accurate. For that reason, it's best to order all the beads you will need for your project at one time and from the same supplier.

Hindu Miracle Beads

There is another kind of bead generally referred to as Miracle Beads. These are made from the seeds of the Rudraksha tree, known to Hindus as "tears of Shiva." Hindus believe that necklaces made from these seeds carry blessings. Since true Rudraksha beads are rare and very expensive, there is little danger of confusion between the two similarly named products.


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