There really is nothing like feeling beads moving under your fingers. I have made several of these necklaces in a rainbow of colours to match outfits for my daughter.
The seed beads are matte black, I love the contrast between the matte and shiney crystal. The beads came from GJBEADS , my favourite bead supplier and shop. If you're ever in Cornwall do go and visit the shop at St Ives or St Erth. Gill also runs workshops, at the St Erth Shop, on Thursdays, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. You can do both if you like. They're great, you get an instruction sheet and choose your own colours of beads, last summer it was £5 and the cost of the beads you choose. Gill has loads of patience even if you keep making the same mistake:)
There is a cafe near the shop and a surf shop so something for the non-beaders in your life to do too. I shall be going again when we're next in Cornwall.