Have you tried altering MR's Trinket Beads? They are gorgeous as is, but sometimes you just need an embellishment that matches your project perfectly. Since I alter most things with patterned paper and paint, that's what I decided use on these..
In the samples below, you can see just a few of the different ways to alter your Trinket Beads. This is a more opaque look, but if you want to add color without loosing the transparency you can try using inks instead.
In all of these examples the paint, rub-ons and paper are applied to the back of the beads. That way you still get the pretty "gem" effect. Once you are done, you can coat the back with a sealer to keep it protected.
As you can see below altering the beads with patterned paper is very simple. Just cut your paper a little bigger than the bead. Apply glue to the back, then use a popsicle stick help apply the paper to the back. Gently sand around the edges of the bead to get rid of any excess paper.
Have fun altering!