A bead doesn’t have to be a pearl or some other semi-precious stone in order to keep you looking stylish. Nowadays, there are many beautiful acrylic beads that you can pick up without burning a hole in your pocket. Another important factor is that they are extremely lightweight, even the larger beads, and the holes come in all sizes for all stringing projects. You don’t have to use them for absolutely everything, although they are a great addition. If you are buying them online, make sure to look closely for imperfections in the picture, there are many crummy ones out on the market as well.