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18mm Blue/Topaz/Purple Patterned Rectangle Beads [3]

18mm Blue/Topaz/Purple Patterned Rectangle Beads [3]
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Price Per Lot: $3.30
Lots Available: 20
Style No. (bin): G2139 (prp)

Style: G2139
Beads per lot: 3
Cost per bead: $1.10
Bead material: Glass
Country of origin: Czech Republic
Size/shape: 18mm (long) x 12mm (wide) x 4.5mm (thick) with an embossed pattern on each side.
Colors/description: A mixture of opaque light blue, translucent topaz and translucent dark purple with a multicolored picasso coating around the edges and in the embossed pattern (in low light, the dark purple looks black).  The picasso coating is primarily yellowish brown, but has some green, blue and lavender in it.
Hole size: 1mm (estimated).
Defects: Because of the high price of these beads, I inspect them individually and eliminate defective beads before shipping.  However, these beads have a higher proportion of defects than similar patterned rectangle beads that I've carried.  In particular, I'm seeing more beads that appear to be slightly malformed, or which have depressions at the corners.  Also, many beads have a ridge along one or both sides where some glass was extruded from the mold.  What I'm doing is I'm eliminating the worst of the defective beads, and passing through those beads that I would personally use myself if I were making jewelry.  If you get beads that you feel or not usable, please let me know.
How photographed: At the window in natural daylight.
Comments: The picture doesn't show it well, but part of each bead is a translucent purple.  The purple isn't visible when the beads are lying on a surface (as they were when I photographed them), but it can be seen when you hold the beads up to the light.  I can imagine that when the beads are lying against someone's neck or clothes, the purple may also not be visible.  When the beads are lying against something, the purple just looks dark.
Date first posted: August 13, 2013
Supplier: J
Caleb's notes:  
18mm Blue/Topaz/Purple Patterned Rectangle Beads [3]
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Tags: G2139, rectangles,