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4mm Multicolored Metallic Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]

4mm Multicolored Metallic Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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Price Per Lot: $3.00
Lots Available: 8
Style No. (bin): C061 (eia+y)

Style no.: C061
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: Multicolored metal-coated beads.  My best guess is that the inner beads are clear, the first coat is bronze-colored, and the final coat is a multicolored or "iris".
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).  The picture revealed that some beads have miniscule chips around the facets, and an occasional bead is malformed.
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.)

Some people may feel that these beads are a little gaudy, but I like them.  Jewelry is supposed to be colorful.
Date first posted: November 22, 2015
Supplier: Y
Caleb's notes:
4mm Multicolored Metallic Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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4mm Multicolored Metallic Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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4mm Multicolored Metallic Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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4mm Multicolored Metallic Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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