A recent conversation regarding the prevalence of beads in wire work surprised me, yes, but also offended me by the very notion at its center that beads are somehow "less" than cabochons, less deserving of appreciation or respect. What an odd discrimination! I have spent a great portion of my creative life with a mission to make something beautiful out of whatever I had. In fact, I dare say it's more challenging than when there is a spread of faceted stones and bright labradorites and the sharp herkimer diamonds all beckoning for as little decoration as possible for fear of masking their beauty. But to take an unassuming bead, a small freshwater pearl, a dime-a-dozen dyed agate, and create something mesmerizing to me in its intricacies.... what more do I need?
I have a handful of tools and a drawer of beads and stones, which seems so little by some standards. And if there were even less, I would still have such abundant means for creating. So instead of wondering, of beads or cabochons, which is worth more, which is more deserving, ask yourself what possibilities and wonders you can discover, which others chose to ignore. You might surprise yourself.