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Original Message:   Re: Jatim, not Majapahit
Hi Kajornboonsook,

Welcome! Your beads look genuine to me. I haven't seen the black (or dark blue) and white ones in your last picture before but I wouldn't have serious doubts about them. It may be that the original colour has completely leached out of what is now white glass; this sometimes happens.

The name Majapahit is a misnomer for Jatim beads. They were made in the far east of Java around the middle of the first millennium and have nothing to do with the Majapahit Empire that was centred further to the west and flourished some eight hundred years later.

A word of warning: there are a large number of very convincing fakes nowadays and many of them are to be found in Bangkok.

All the best,

Will

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