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4mm Dark Amber (Brown) Luster Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]

4mm Dark Amber (Brown) Luster Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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Price Per Lot: $3.00
Lots Available: 3
Style No. (bin): C067 (eia~y)

Style no.: C067
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: Medium yellowish-brown glass with a luster iris coating which has some subtle colors in it.  Purple, blue and amber seem to be the most prevelant colors in the coating.  The Chinese call this an AB coating (aurora borealis); but since Czech AB coatings are very silvery, and this coating is not, I am calling it "luster iris" to be consistent with my terminology for Czech coatings.
Hole size: 1mm (estimated).
Defects: Bicones should be symmetrical from one end to the other, but with Chinese bicones, some are shorter on one end.  Also, some beads may have chips around the holes, and an occasional bead may be lacking facets at one end.  However, Chinese bicones are one-third the cost of Czech bicones, so it is worth dealing with more defects.
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.)

I think that my picture is accurate.  Under bright light (which I used for the picture), the beads look more amber than brown; but in low light, they look more brown.
Date first posted: February 18, 2016
Supplier: Y
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4mm Dark Amber (Brown) Luster Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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4mm Dark Amber (Brown) Luster Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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4mm Dark Amber (Brown) Luster Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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