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15mm Clear/Brown Iris Cut-Crystal Teardrop Beads [5]

15mm Clear/Brown Iris Cut-Crystal Teardrop Beads [5]
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Price Per Lot: $5.50
Lots Available: 23
Style No. (bin): C038 (eia~)

Style: C038
Beads per lot: 5
Cost per bead: $1.10
Bead material: Glass
Country of origin: Czech Republic
Size/shape: 15mm (from tip to tip) x 9mm (wide) crystal teardrops with the hole running sideways through the narrow end.  These are Preciosa-brand cut-crystal beads, not fire-polished beads.
Colors/description: Clear beads with a dark-brown iris coating on about half of each bead.  The dark brown looks a little metallic, and "iris" refers to the fact that the coating reflects different colors, especially purple and blue.
Hole size: 1mm (estimated).
Defects: These are high-quality cut-crystal beads.  Despite that, some beads may have a few small nicks at the edges of some facets.  (Unfortunately, the coating makes those nicks more visible.)  I am inspecting the beads individually, and I am eliminating beads that have larger nicks, but I am not eliminating beads that have very small nicks.  If you are dissatisfied with the beads, please contact me.
How photographed: At the window in natural daylight.
Comments: These are leaded-glass beads, but they pose no hazard to anyone.  The supplier calls these beads "zairite", but they look like brown iris to me, so I used that term.  I think they're very interesting.
Date first posted: October 21, 2012
Supplier: C
Caleb's notes:  
15mm Clear/Brown Iris Cut-Crystal Teardrop Beads [5]
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