These are stunning, very beautiful pillows. The photos really capture its true essence as I see it in real life. I think the beads are naturally sewn together so it might even be handmade. The ONLY downside is that when I received this set, there were two "mother of pearl" pieces that were cracked in the corners. I'm not sure if this is the seller's fault or the UPS fault but if you look very closely, you can notice it. I don't want to go through the trouble of returning it and whatnot I still love the covers and it is still so delicate and beautiful.. but it's just something to keep in mind. Other than that, I've already been getting so many compliments!