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10mm to 14mm Defective Mixed Polished Beads [40] (see Comments)

10mm to 14mm Defective Mixed Polished Beads [40] (see Comments)
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Price per Lot: $4.00
Lots Available: 120
Item No. (bin): G1488 (aca)

Beads per lot: 40

Cost per bead:

10 cents

Bead material:


Country of origin:

Czech Republic


12mm rectangles, 12mm ovals, 12mm triangles, 10mm coin-shaped, plus some 14mm ovals.


A mixture of colors, most with picasso coatings around the edge.

Hole size:

1mm (estimated).



Most beads, perhaps 95%, are defective only on one side.  Here are some of the defects you will find:  partially polished sides or 'windows', cracks, spots of picasso coating on the windows, chips, scratches, large pits, malformed corners.  Some of them have only minor defects and look almost perfect, but I nonetheless found them unacceptable to sell at full price.

IMPORTANT:  The mix of colors has changed considerably since I took the photograph.

Note:  In August 2012, I raised the price from $3.40 to $3.80 per lot.  As the wholesale cost of the polished beads go up, the cost of the defective beads go up also.  However, these defective beads still cost less than half of what the perfect beads cost.  These defective beads have proved to be surprisingly popular.

How photographed:

At the window in natural daylight.


I used to give away the polished beads that were defective, but then my supplier stopped giving me credit for them, so I decided that I had to sell them.  I have set the price at less than 1/2 the normal price for these beads.  These beads are for (1) designers who are not overly concerned about defects, (2) designers who can find a way to use the beads so that only the good side shows, (3) designers who are using the beads for something other than jewelry, such as beaded curtains, and (4) artists who are making mosaics.  You will get a mixture of colors and sizes.  And as I say above, 95% of them will have one side which is perfect.  When possible, I select the beads in pairs, so that you can make earrings out of them; but I cannot guarantee that you will get every bead in a pair.  The beads may be somewhat dusty, and may need washing or buffing.

Date first posted: December 21, 2008
Supplier: E, C, B
Caleb's notes:  
10mm to 14mm Defective Mixed Polished Beads [40] (see Comments)
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