Common Questions About Our Products…
I'm looking for something not on your website, can you get it? While we have a large selection on our website, this is only a small fraction of beads and beading accessories that we have access to. E-mail our Special Request team and we'll try to find it for you. You must be registered on our website as a customer before we can process a special request order. Please note that Special Order products are not returnable.
Are there other pictures of the beads you have online? Yes. If you need to see another angle of a bead write us and we will e-mail you the picture.
I am not sure about the colour of bead on your website. Can I contact you to verify the colour? Yes! We try to take our images under the best lighting conditions but we know that colour can vary due to monitor settings so please feel free to contact us before ordering.
I am not sure about the size of the bead I need. What is the best way to measure? We suggest using a vernier gauge or calipers to measure the diameter of a bead. It is the most accurate and precise way to obtain a measurement.
What are the different meanings/powers associated with semi-precious stones? Click here to see our page of definitions.
Can you tell me how thick a gauge of wire is in inches or millimeters? Yes. Click here to see our conversion table.
How many 6/0 seed beads are in a gram? Approximately 18.
What is a gross and mass of beads? Gross=144 pieces, mass=1200 pieces.
What is the difference between transparent, translucent, and opaque? Transparent means that you should be able to see light and text through the bead. Translucent (sometimes also referred to as milky or opal) means that light can pass through the bead but you would not be able to read text. Opaque refers to a solid color; light cannot pass through the bead.
What are the birthstones for each month?
January: Garnet or Rose Quartz February: Amethyst or Onyx March: Aquamarine or Bloodstone April: Diamond or Rock Crystal (Quartz) May: Emerald or Chrysoprase June: Alexadrite or Moonstone or Pearl July: Ruby or Carnelion August: Peridot or Sardonyx September: Sapphire or Lapis October: Opal or Tourmaline November: Topaz or Citrine December: Zircon or Turquoise
What does the abbreviation AB mean? AB is short form for Aurora Borealis, or more commonly called The Northern Lights. In beading terms, it refers to an rainbow coating applied to usually half or one side of a bead.
What is Dichroic? Originally created for the Aerospace industry, Dichroic chips are incorporated in many of the Unicorne Beads that is offered to the buying public.
The brilliant dichroic optical properties of dichroic glass are the result of multiple micro-layers of metal oxides. These thin layers of oxides have a total thickness of three to five millionths of an inch.
Do you offer wholesale pricing? Yes, to qualified buyers on bulk purchases only. Please note that wholesale orders are subject to quantity minimums. As an example, wholesale pricing for Czech round Druk beads start at 1 Mass (1200 pieces.) We require a minimum purchase of $300.00 on the first order and $150.00 on each subsequent order. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information (we cannot provide wholesale pricing by phone). Please remember to include the items numbers of any products you are interested in. We are sorry, but wholesale orders do not qualify for our free shipping program and will be subject to a minimal shipping charge based upon weight and destination. Retail and wholesale orders cannot be combined for shipping. If you cannot meet our wholesale terms please consider joining our Frequent Beaders Club. Wholesale pricing is available to registered customers only.
Common Questions About Our Shopping Cart…
I have never bought from you before. How do I create an account? Simply click here and you can go through the process of setting up an account. Once you have set up your account, you can begin shopping immediately. Please note that we require a full first and last name for registration; initials only are not accepted.
How long will items stay in my shopping cart? Items will stay in your indefinitely if you login to your account prior to using the shopping cart. If you do not login to your account and you have an extended browsing session, your cart may empty if left idle for too long. If you are just browsing and plan on returning to the cart at a later time, click "Save Cart" (you will be prompted to name your cart for your return visit.) When you leave our website and then return at a later date you will be prompted if you have items still in your cart from your last visit and you will be given the option of restocking your cart or emptying it. If you are having problems with your cart emptying please see our Security page for details on how to enable cookies.
I am only browsing today but I might want to place an order later. How do I use the Wish List feature? It is easy! Login to your account. Now, just shop the website as normal, but instead of adding things directly into the shopping cart, click on "Add to Wish List.” The item will now be added to a central list to which you can refer back later. You can move items to your shopping cart from this list, delete items from the list, or email the list to friends, family and fellow beaders. It is great for beading groups and for not-so-subtle hints for birthdays and holidays!
How do I check the status of my order? Log into your account (click on "my account" near the top right of the page). From here you will see several options including View Previous Orders - click on this and choose the order you would like more details on. Here you will see what was on your order and the current status. The status of the order will be: pending, processed, or shipped (date shipped, and tracking number if applicable).
What if an item I ordered is out of stock when my order is picked? Although we do our best to keep our catalogue up-to-date there may be occasions when we are out of stock of the item you ordered. All orders are processed in the order they are received, just as if the customer was standing in front of us. If this occurs we will credit your Credit Card for the difference and ship your order, less the out of stock item. Unfortunately, due to the large number of order we process daily we cannot notify customers of an out of stock item. When your order is shipped an email is sent detailing what is included in your order and whether an item is out of stock.
I placed and order but now I realize that I need to add an item. What should I do? Unfortunately once an order has been placed we cannot add to that order but if you place another order, email us to let us know at email@example.com , we can combine the orders for shipping. Any shipping charges on the second order will be refunded.
If I have an out of stock item, how will it be noted on my invoice? Any refunds will appear in the comment box at the bottom of your invoice, just to the left of the original invoice total. A () will appear next to any item that received a refund.
Is there a minimum order that has to placed? Yes, there is a nominal minimum order of $5.
Common Questions About Payment Processing……
What forms of payment do you accept? We accept both VISA and MasterCard, as well as PayPal. Please note that some Visa or MasterCard Gift Cards are accepted (mostly Canadian), but not all. If you are trying to complete your payment using a Visa or MasterCard Gift Card, the checkout process will notify you if your transaction cannot be completed. We do not accept either cash or cheque.
Is your online credit card processing secure? Yes. Click here for more information.
Security Update:In April 2014 a serious vulnerability named The HeartBleed Bug was found in the software that often encrypts user name, password and other information when you log into secure websites. This vulnerability only exists in servers using OpenSSL. The Northern Bead Company does not use OpenSSL for the security of your information so your login information remains safe and secure.
I would like to pay by credit card but I do not want to use my card online. Can I still complete my order? Yes! Simply shop as normal on the website and complete the checkout until the last page where you would enter your credit card information but do not enter your card. Now simply call us! It's that easy! We can then take your card information by phone (we will ask a security question to verify your identity) and we can complete the checkout process on your behalf.
Can I pay in something other than Canadian funds? International customers can pay in their home currency by using PayPal as long as their PayPal account is set up with their home currency. PayPal will calculate the current exchange rate. PayPal currently accepts the following currencies: Canadian Dollars, Euros, Pounds Sterling, U.S. Dollars, Yen, Australian Dollars, New Zealand Dollars, Swiss Francs, Hong Kong Dollars, Singapore Dollars, Swedish Kronor, Danish Kroner, Polish Zloty, Norwegian Kroner, Hungarian Forint, Czech Koruna, Israeli Shekels, and Mexican Pesos.
Why to I need to provide the Security Code on the back of my credit card? In order to ensure that the purchase that is being made is being made by the actual cardholder, we require all purchases to include the 3-digit security code located on the back of your credit card. If no code is entered or an incorrect code is entered, the purchase will be cancelled.