In 2001, we acquired Bovis Bead Company and became the North American distributor for the Salvadori Company of Lyon, France, the last surviving French glass bead manufacturer. Unfortunately, the business closed and the beads are no longer made, but we purchased most of their remaining inventory and still have very good stocks on most colors and sizes. These fine quality beads are color fast and will not fade, and they feature a large hole in even the smallest bead, which means that our 13/0 bead has the same size hole as our 10/0. Thus, a size 12 English needle and size "A" Nymo thread will work with all sizes from 10/0 through 14/0. When using these beads with Czech Seed Beads, we recommend one size smaller in the French, so if you are using 11/0 Czech, you should purchase 12/0 French.