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6mm Steel Gray Round Glass Pearls [74-75]

6mm Steel Gray Round Glass Pearls [74-75]
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Price Per Lot: $3.75
Lots Available: 20
Style No. (bin): G1941 (byb~e)

Style: G1941
Beads per lot:
74 or 75
Cost per bead:
5 cents
Bead material:
Glass
Country of origin:
Czech Republic
Size/shape:
6mm round (spherical).
Colors/description:
Glass beads, probably milky white but possibly clear, with a lustrous bluish-gray synthetic coating.  When held up to the light, the beads are slightly translucent.
Hole size:
1mm (estimated).
Defects: The coating on Czech pearls is fairly thin, and I don't know how durable it is.  Also, inevitably a few pearls will be missing some coating around one of the holes (a common defect with Czech coated beads).  A few pearls may also have some anomalies in the coating, such as bumps, indentations or a bit of dirt.
How photographed: At the window in natural daylight.
Comments: IMPORTANT:  These beads were a lovely bluish-gray when I bought them, but all the blue has faded out of them, and now they look steel gray.  Although I had been selling pearls for over a decade, I didn't figure out until 2013 that any synthetically coated bead which has blue in it will fade over time, so I no longer buy those colors.  (The colors affected are blue, bluish gray, aqua and purple -- and green beads may turn to olive green over time.)  As steel-gray beads, these beads work perfectly well; but they were not steel gray when I got them.

I redid the picture in September, 2014, so it is accurate (actually, I think the actual beads look a bit better than they appear in the picture).

Most strands have 75 beads, but some have 74 beads.
Date first posted: April 18, 2011
Supplier: E
Caleb's notes:
6mm Steel Gray Round Glass Pearls [74-75]
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Tags: G1941, pearls,