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10mm Bronze/Purple Faceted Round Beads [20]

10mm Bronze/Purple Faceted Round Beads [20]
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Price Per Lot: $3.20
Lots Available: 5
Style No. (bin): F456 (bpa+e)

Beads per lot: 20

Cost per bead:

16 cents

Bead material:

Glass

Country of origin:

Czech Republic

Size/shape:

10mm round, faceted.

Colors/description:

Bronze-coated beads with light tanzanite purple inside.  (Please see my comments below.)

Hole size:

1mm (estimated).

Defects:

I haven't noticed any significant defects.  However, fire-polished beads always have some imperfect facets.  To read about the fire-polishing process, click here.

How photographed:

At the window in natural daylight.

Comments:

These beads have a heavy bronze-colored coating on the outside.  When the light is bright, you can see a light-tanzanite purple color inside the beads.  I believe, although I'm not sure, that the inner glass is actually colorless, but that the bronze coating refracts purple-colored light inside the bead.  This effect can be seen with gold-coated beads which appear pink inside but are actually colorless.

 

When the light is low, the beads appear very dark.  When they are lying against something, like clothes, they also appear fairly dark.  They are the lightest and brightest when they are held in the air.  Of course, no one wears jewelry that way.  The picture shows the way they look most of the time.

 

These beads were quite expensive, and I gave them a lower markup than I usually give.

Date first posted: August 13, 2009
Supplier: C
Caleb's notes:  
10mm Bronze/Purple Faceted Round Beads [20]
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Tags: F456, metallic, rounds,