Perhaps I was wrong and they would look better etched. The bad thing is that once you etch your beads you can't take it back. So, I did it and I think it's better. I tumble etched them which gives a smooth silky etch compared to chemical etching. I love it! The only draw back is that tumble etching doesn't work on beads with texture as it doesn't get in the grooves. Also, do not etch silver glass as you lose all of your beautiful silver glass color.