Toho was the first Japanese bead manufacturer to use traditional Czech bead finishes on its seed beads, when it introduced Picasso- and Apollo-finish beads. Then Miyuki jumped on the bandwagon last year, with its Picasso finish on 6/0 and 8/0 beads. The Czech-Japanese connection continued several weeks ago when Miyuki introduced vitrail, marea, and capri finishes on Tila, Long Magatama and 3.4mm drop beads.There’s also a Jet AB in these ranges, whose finish is much more mirror-like than the traditional AB finish that Toho and Miyuki have used in the past. Understandably, Miyuki doesn't call these "Czech-finish" beads; Miyuki's term is "special finish". And, boy, are these beads special!
This trend has culminated most recently with Miyuki applying a Picasso finish to Tilas, Long Magatamas and 3.4mm drop beads, some in colours that Miyuki has not previously used with a Picasso finish, like green, cobalt, orange, etc. Not only that, but Miyuki has also introduced a luster Picasso finish on some of the Long Magatamas, which means that you not only get the stone-like look of a Picasso bead, you get lots of pearly shimmer, too. These beads are designated with an "L" after the colour number.
Here's a sample of what we now have in stock (for our full range of these Picasso beads, please see the product pages linked above):
Where will this Czech-Japanese connection end? Who knows? But I've put the word out that I'd love to see the vitrail, marea and capri finishes extended to Miyuki's round seed beads.