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4mm Clear/Gray Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]

4mm Clear/Gray Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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Price Per Lot: $3.00
Lots Available: 3
Style No. (bin): C059 (eia+y)

Style no.: C059
Beads per lot: 100
Cost per bead: 3 cents
Bead material: Glass
Country of origin: China
Size/shape: 4mm (long) x 4.5mm (wide) cut-crystal bicones.  Cut-crystal bicones have six sides rather than the four sides that ordinary bicones have.
Colors/description: Clear glass with a gray metallic coating sprayed on part of each bead; hints of plum purple can also be seen in the beads (see Comments below).
Hole size: 1mm (estimated).
Defects: Bicones should be symmetrical from one end to the other, but with Chinese bicones, some are shorter on one end.  Also, some beads may have chips around the holes, and an occasional bead may be lacking facets at one end.  However, Chinese bicones are one-third the cost of Czech bicones, so it is worth dealing with more defects.
How photographed: Under two daylight-balanced lamps.
Comments: To the naked eye, Chinese bicones appear as perfect as Preciosa or Swarovski bicones, although I don't believe they actually are.  Happily, they are much cheaper than those more-expensive beads.  I consider them to be an adequate and economical substitute for Czech crystal bicones, so I may eventually switch over to the Chinese bicones entirely (unless my customers object).  (It bears noting that 4mm Chinese crystal bicones are slightly larger than Czech bicones.  Czech bicones are about 1/2 mm smaller in both dimensions.)

When I closely examine these bicones, I see that the gray coating has a purple edge around it, which indicates that the underside of the coating is purple.  This explains why, when I look through the clear glass on the opposite side of the coating, I can see the color plum purple in the beads.  I don't believe that the beads were sprayed with two colors; rather, I suspect that the coating separated into two colors after it was sprayed on.  I see this effect on a lot of Chinese beads that have metallic-type coatings.  (Does this sound confusing?)  Needless to say, these beads have a complex appearance, and I think it is interesting that the Chinese, who (I believe) are new to bead-making, are coming up with such complex designs.
Date first posted: November 20, 2015
Supplier: Y
Caleb's notes:
4mm Clear/Gray Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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4mm Clear/Gray Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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4mm Clear/Gray Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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4mm Clear/Gray Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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