Old beads?

Old beads?

Post by laur » Sun, 11 May 2003 21:46:49



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.

laura

 
 
 

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Post by Carol in S » Mon, 12 May 2003 00:20:38


Quote:
>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<

Hhmmmm.  I don't think of my jet beads as being heavy at all, but maybe that's
because I'm used to working with fairly large glass and stone beads.  Take one
of your "jet" beads, turn a china tea cup upside down and lightly drag the bead
across the rim on the bottom (the part that doesn't have the glaze).  If it
leaves a brown mark, your beads are genuine jet.  "French jet" is the term used
to describe black glass beads made to resemble genuine jet.  HTH!

Carol in SLC
http://www.justbeads.com/search/ql.cfm?s=63875

 
 
 

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Post by Lee S. Billin » Mon, 12 May 2003 00:29:48




Quote:

>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.

Those could be peridot, but without seeing them it's hard to say. I'm assuming,
from the way you describe them, that they're transparent rather than opaque?

Celine

--
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Post by BeckiBe » Mon, 12 May 2003 08:43:36


RIPPET.  Rip'em up and use them!  LOL.  That is what I do, even with perfectly
good "collectible" necklaces.  I would rather have the beads.

Becki
"In between the moon and you, the angels have a better view of the crumbling
difference between wrong and right.."  -- Counting Crows

 
 
 

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Post by BeckiBe » Mon, 12 May 2003 09:44:04


Laura -- for example, this bracelet was made with new stock (1950's crystals),
but the other bracelet that I have up for sale was made with both new and
recycled parts.  Good stuff!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=34050&item=263...

Becki
"In between the moon and you, the angels have a better view of the crumbling
difference between wrong and right.."  -- Counting Crows

 
 
 

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Post by laur » Mon, 12 May 2003 11:08:04




Quote:
> >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<

> Hhmmmm.  I don't think of my jet beads as being heavy at all, but maybe
that's
> because I'm used to working with fairly large glass and stone beads.  Take
one
> of your "jet" beads, turn a china tea cup upside down and lightly drag the
bead
> across the rim on the bottom (the part that doesn't have the glaze).  If
it
> leaves a brown mark, your beads are genuine jet.  "French jet" is the term
used
> to describe black glass beads made to resemble genuine jet.  HTH!

Cool!  I tried this today on the bottom of a porcelain pot and the beads
didn't streak, which I guess means they are glass.

Thanks for the info, Carol.  I won't feel so uncertain about using these
beads now.

Laura

 
 
 

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Post by laur » Mon, 12 May 2003 11:10:07




Quote:


> >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.

> Those could be peridot, but without seeing them it's hard to say. I'm
assuming,
> from the way you describe them, that they're transparent rather than

opaque?

They are opaque, but you can sort of see into them, similar to the way you
can see into quartz.

laura

 
 
 

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Post by laur » Mon, 12 May 2003 11:11:03



Quote:
> RIPPET.  Rip'em up and use them!  LOL.  That is what I do, even with
perfectly
> good "collectible" necklaces.  I would rather have the beads.

Okay, I did just this!  Unstrung them and cleaned them and they are drying
overnight.  Thanks :)

laura

 
 
 

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Post by laur » Mon, 12 May 2003 11:11:59



Quote:
> Laura -- for example, this bracelet was made with new stock (1950's
crystals),
> but the other bracelet that I have up for sale was made with both new and
> recycled parts.  Good stuff!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=34050&item=263...

Wow!  That is lovely.  There are so many talented people in this group :)

Laura

 
 
 

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Post by Dr. So » Tue, 13 May 2003 03:06:37


It's so fun to do that.  I love it.

Quote:
>> RIPPET.  Rip'em up and use them!  LOL.  That is what I do, even with
>perfectly
>> good "collectible" necklaces.  I would rather have the beads.

~~
Sooz
-------
ESBC
Those who abandon their dreams will discourage yours.
 
 
 

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Post by Diana Curti » Wed, 14 May 2003 02:37:06


I Wannnnnnna Doooo That Tooooo!!!!
Garage sale season is here and maybe Ill find some pieces worth tearing
apart. Keep your fingers crossed for me please!!!!
Diana


Quote:
> It's so fun to do that.  I love it.

> >> RIPPET.  Rip'em up and use them!  LOL.  That is what I do, even with
> >perfectly
> >> good "collectible" necklaces.  I would rather have the beads.

> ~~
> Sooz
> -------
> ESBC
> Those who abandon their dreams will discourage yours.

 
 
 

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Post by Dr. So » Thu, 15 May 2003 02:26:24


Let's keep our fingers crossed for *each other*.  Maybe we'll score some
***en stuff.  :-D

Quote:
>Garage sale season is here and maybe Ill find some pieces worth tearing
>apart. Keep your fingers crossed for me please!!!!
>Diana

~~
Sooz
-------
ESBC
The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from
the sky, from the earth, from a s***of paper, from a passing shape.....
Pable Picasso