Just thought I'd add some examples of the beads I use. These are just a few of the beads I use at the moment. Most of them are glass crackle beads.
I like working with the crackle beads as they are multiple colours, not just one. They catch the light really well too.
I use alot of Tibetan Silver as well. In a way I prefer it to Sterling Silver. It's a slightly darker colour than the usual silver colour, but it give certain pieces of my jewellery a more tribal look.