I have a few strands of beads that I've gotten from estate auctions that I
go to. Some of them I know are just glass, and I've sold a few strands with
beads that I wouldn't likely use just to get some of my money back. But I
still have some beads here which I don't know exactly how to identify or
what to do with.
One strand had freshwater pearls and medium, yellowish-green colored beads.
I assumed at first that the green beads were glass, but on closer inspection
they actually do look like some sort of stone. They have lots of small
inclusions when viewed under magnification.
I recently ordered some African Jade beads hoping that they would go with
these. It will be interesting to compare them. Any guesses?
Also I have a strand of black beads which I got in an auction that had lots
of Victorian era stuff, including some mourning garments. I assume this
necklace was mourning attire. I don't know enough about Victorian era jet
to say if these are glass or jet or something else. These beads are heavy
and the facet edges on the small ones don't look even at all-- as if they
were either very difficult to cut or very poorly molded. Does anyone have a
guess about these?
Finally, I have an old necklace which has two strands of glass beads, one
strand a purplish brown, and the other a lively orange. The beads graduate
in size on both strands. The color is rich, and the bead shapes are very
inconsistent. They are obviously old and hand made, with imperfections, but
lovely nonetheless. I want to use these beads but I'm not certain it's a
good idea to destroy this old necklace. Any thoughts on this?
Thanks! This group is such a great source of information.