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8mm Picture Jasper Beads (49-51)

8mm Picture Jasper Beads (49-51)
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Price Per Lot: $6.00
Lots Available: 13
Style No. (bin): S028 (spa+)

Style no.: S028
Beads per lot: One 15" strand, or 49 to 51 beads
Cost per bead: 11.8 to 12.2 cents
Bead material: Semiprecious stone (picture jasper)
Country of origin: China
Size/shape: 8mm round (spherical)
Colors/description: Opaque tan with brown and (sometimes) red patterns in the stone.  Picture jasper is a softer stone, not as hard as glassier stones, such as the agates.
Hole size: 1mm (estimated).
Defects: I recently bought three semiprecious stones -- carnelian, unakite and picture jasper -- and these beads seem to be the most perfect of the three.  An occasional bead will have some anomalies or possibly be malformed, but not many.
How photographed: At the window in natural daylight.
Comments: If you have looked at the home page of this site, you may have seen the article about the silicosis that Chinese workers suffer from making semiprecious beads.  However, the article is now many years old, and the conditions in Chinese factories may have improved (hopefully).  I never made a commitment to carry no semiprecious beads, just less of them.

Sometiemes my pictures don't come out perfectly, but this picture is very accurate.

I have found that you can buy similar beads on eBay at a lower price than what I am selling these for.  Having purchased these beads from a supplier, the supplier is naturally taking a substantial cut.  Prices on eBay are often so low that I am tempted to buy from eBay myself -- but what sense does that make when you can go there and buy the beads yourself?  I'll have to decide whether it is worthwhile for me to carry semiprecious beads in the future.
Date first posted: August 28, 2013
Supplier: M
Caleb's notes:  
8mm Picture Jasper Beads (49-51)
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