|Category||Necklaces & Pendants|
|Created||October 16, 2020|
Confirmed calcium carbonate. Don't let any acids sit on these - even something as mild as lemon juice or apple cider vinegar will eat away at them!
Growth bands visible on close inspection.
Age unknown (my old jeweller's eyeball guess was 40s-60s, but I've not had it professionally appraised).
As is common with natural beads drilled decades ago, the ends are slightly flattened, not all beads are perfectly round, and some have some porosity and other surface features.
The surface polish is somewhat worn, and some of the beads show some crazing - I'm guessing this strand was stored somewhere dry for a long time. Beads are stable (I wear a bracelet of these a couple times a week with no problems).
The colour is reasonably "splotchy" (which I personally prefer, but actually reduces value - even coloration is considered ideal). Many vendors would probably happily label these “angel skin”, but to my eyes these beads are more peachy than true angel skin coloured coral, which I feel should be a very pale pink with barely a hint of orange.
I've cannibalized the biggest 6" of this strand, leaving the smaller 12" unusused.
I paid $620 for this 18" strand in 2014. Asking $175 for this 12" unused strand.