Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

Claude Watson
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Glass Bead type,origin,and dating if anyone can assist.

Started this discussion. Last reply by ann Jun 11, 2014. 3 Replies

I have purchased a necklace of I think old glass beads.They have large piercings and faces on them.The smaller beads have two aliens,at least thats what they look like,and the larger bead has three…Continue


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At 10:30 on December 30, 2013, Stefany Tomalin said…

dear Mr Watson

did you get all 3 lots of these recently?
Can you show or describe the holes and what you see inside ?
to me they look very much like types of newly-made possibly chinese replicas of some kind of composition, not old glass, which are in the exotic beads market these days and confuse a lot of people.
it would really be worthwhile to get the material they are made from analysed by a glass specialist.
Real Warring States beads are of glass, often over a visible base of ceramic material, and many are cylindrical.
We do not find them in the same designs in large numbers and graduated sizes.
Frankly speaking  i am sure they are fakes.
I’m sending this privately because I don’t want to embarrass you.





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