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4mm Plum Purple AB Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]

4mm Plum Purple AB Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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Price Per Lot: $3.00
Lots Available: 8
Style No. (bin): C055 (eia+y)

Style no.: C055
Beads per lot: 100
Cost per bead: 3 cents
Bead material: Glass
Country of origin: China
Size/shape: 4mm (long) x 4.5mm (wide) cut-crystal bicones.  Cut-crystal bicones have six sides rather than the four sides that ordinary bicones have.
Colors/description: Translucent plum purple glass with an AB (aurora borealis) coating on part of each bead.  (Czech beads have AB coatings that have a lot of silver in them; Chinese AB coatings are somewhat similar to Czech "iris" coatings.)
Hole size: 1mm (estimated).
Defects: Chinese crystal bicones sometimes have chips around the holes.  Also, it appears that the holes are actually drilled rather than being part of the mold; I say this because sometimes the holes are slightly off-center (but only slightly).
How photographed: Under two daylight-balanced lamps.
Comments: To the naked eye, Chinese bicones appear as perfect as Preciosa or Swarovski bicones, although I don't believe they actually are.  Happily, they are much cheaper than those more-expensive beads.  I consider them to be an adequate and economical substitute for Czech crystal bicones, so I may eventually switch over to the Chinese bicones entirely (unless my customers object).  (It bears noting that 4mm Chinese crystal bicones are slightly larger than Czech bicones.  Czech bicones are about .5 mm smaller in both dimensions.)

This plum purple is different from the plum purples that I see in Czech beads, but I couldn't say exactly how.  It looks a little more brown than plum purple usually does.  Unfortunately, the AB coating doesn't show very well in the pictures.
Date first posted: November 19, 2015
Supplier: Y
Caleb's notes:
4mm Plum Purple AB Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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4mm Plum Purple AB Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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4mm Plum Purple AB Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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4mm Plum Purple AB Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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