We love our beads. We would like them to stay as shiny and colourful as the day we first saw them. But some just won’t stay the same. Colours change through use: rubbing, body oils.
It all has to do with the manufacturing process: If colours are not fully died into the glass they will come off eventually. It could be just through use, rubbing against skin or clothing, or being in contact with perfume or moisturiser.
Some find that the galvanised beads are particularly prone to changing colour, while others are still working with them with no apparent changes. If change that happens, try putting on lightweight cotton gloves while you bead.
For finished jewellery there are products you can apply to protect your finished jewellery, but I have not used any products yet. Has anyone used it? Do let us know about your experiences.
When wearing jewellery remember to take off your bracelets and rings when you wash your hands, and spay on the perfume well before you put on your jewellery.
Here is the Miyuki link to indicate the durability of the colour: http://www.miyuki-beads.co.jp/english/seed/07_db01.html (if you can’t get this link to work, google Miyuki, go to their homepage, and down the right hand side is a link to Colour and Durability).
Colours change through light
Colours are differently applied: died, or solid throughout, or a finish applied after the manufacturing process of the bead itself. Check with the Miyuki chart to get an idea on how the colour got into the bead, and how easily or difficult it comes off.