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10mm Light Sapphire Celsian Faceted Teardrop Beads [20]

10mm Light Sapphire Celsian Faceted Teardrop Beads [20]
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Price Per Lot: $3.40
Lots Available: 22
Style No. (bin): F567 (cbas~c)

Style no.: F567
Beads per lot:
Cost per bead:
17 cents
Bead material:
Country of origin:
Czech Republic
10mm long faceted teardrops with the hole running the long direction.
Translucent light sapphire with a celsian coating on part of each bead.  Celsian coatings are a mixture of topaz and bronze (in appearance).  Please see my comments below about the picture.
Hole size:
1mm (estimated).
Defects: I haven't noticed any significant defects.  However, fire-polished beads always have some imperfect facets.
How photographed: At the window in natural daylight.
Comments: My camera sees these beads differently than I do.  In the picture, the beads look bluer than they look to my eyes.  Also, the celsian coating looks dark brown under the metallic sheen.  To my eyes, the celsian coating looks more topaz.  I actually prefer what I'm seeing, but you may not like it.

The question as to why a camera captures colors differently than the way the eye sees them is a very interesting technical issue.  Manufacturers build cameras to convey the colors that our eyes see, but no camera ends up doing that perfectly.  Did you know that color is not an inherent characteristic of any object?  If you are looking at a blue object, it is blue simply because the object is absorbing the other colors of the light spectrum and reflecting the blue light back to your eyes.  The object isn't blue; it just reflects blue light.

Faceted teardrops are much more expensive than faceted round beads, thus the high price.  Also, the supplier of these beads is fairly expensive.  I have given these beads my lowest markup.
Date first posted: July 28, 2011
Supplier: C
Caleb's notes: I bought these beads in January, 2010, and I don't know why it took me so long to post them (I apparently just overlooked them).  I found the invoice and, surprisingly, I didn't get a discount on that order.
10mm Light Sapphire Celsian Faceted Teardrop Beads [20]
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