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10x12mm Milky Alexandrite Luster 3-Petal Flower Beads [25]

10x12mm Milky Alexandrite Luster 3-Petal Flower Beads [25]
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Price Per Lot: $4.20
Lots Available: 16
Style No. (bin): G1917 (afa~)

Style no.:  G1917
 
Beads per lot:  25

Cost per bead:  16.8 cents

Bead material:  Glass

Country of origin:  Czech Republic

Size/shape:  10mm (deep) x 12mm (wide) flowers with 3 ridges that represent 3 petals, and 2 grooves on the side of each petal.

Colors/description:
  Milky alexandrite with a slivery luster coating.  This is a deeper alexandrite than I usually see.  In some kinds of light the beads will look milky blue, and in other kinds of light the beads will look milky lavender.
 
Hole size:  1mm (estimated).

Defects:
  The beads appear to be in good shape.  They are made milky by mixing white glass into alexandrite glass.  The picture revealed that a few beads look mostly white; those would be beads that have more white glass in them than alexandrite glass.  Although those beads don't fit in with the others very well, I'm not counting them as defective.

How photographed:  At the window in natural daylight.

Comments:  Though I've been selling alexandrite beads for a very long time, I can't remember under which kinds of light it looks blue under, and under which kinds of light it looks lavender.  To complicate matters, a lot of alexandrite glass (most of it, in fact) looks violet instead of lavender.  In the case of these beads, they look blue to the camera's eye, but to human eyes they look lavender (in most instances).  They are really very pretty.

These are the most expensive 3-petal flowers that I have purchased, even more expensive than the lovely fuchsia/white flowers that I recently posted, and easily as expensive as the polished rectangles that I carry (my price for the polished rectangles is higher because a lot of them are defective and have to be sold at a discount).
 
Date first posted:  February 20, 2011
 
Supplier:  E
 
Caleb's notes: 

10x12mm Milky Alexandrite Luster 3-Petal Flower Beads [25]
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