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4mm Dark Blue Metallic Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]

4mm Dark Blue Metallic Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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Price Per Lot: $3.00
Lots Available: OUT OF STOCK
Style No. (bin): C064 (eia+y)

Style no.: C064
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: Opaque dark metallic blue.
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 defects around the holes, and an occasional bead may be lacking facets around one of the holes.  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.)

This is one of those rare cases when the actual beads look better than the picture.  I like these beads very much.
Date first posted: December 5, 2015
Supplier: Y
Caleb's notes:
4mm Dark Blue Metallic Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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4mm Dark Blue Metallic Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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4mm Dark Blue Metallic Cut-Crystal Bicone Beads [100]
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