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4mm Teal AB Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]

4mm Teal AB Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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Price Per Lot: $3.00
Lots Available: 8
Style No. (bin): C068 (eia~y)

Style no.: C068
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 teal (greenish-aqua) glass with an AB (aurora borealis) coating on part of each beads.  Purple and amber seem to be the most prevelant colors in the coating.  (Czech beads have AB coatings that have a lot of silver in them; Chinese AB coatings are 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 (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.)

My picture is fairly accurate, although the zoomed-in images are a little fuzzy.
Date first posted: February 19, 2016
Supplier: Y
Caleb's notes:
4mm Teal AB Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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4mm Teal AB Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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4mm Teal AB Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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