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Original Message:   On the other hand....
I look back at some of the beads I thought were sooooo beautiful when I first started buying, and I wonder what I was thinking.

Others that I thought were "meh", are now much more interesting to me.

And of course, there are some I absolutely loved, and now I wish I'd bought more!

Re: "Fakes", there are fakes and there are fakes. There's a whole history of glass beads that imitated precious stones,handmade beads in Africa meant to imitate European beads, and in my case, beads I make myself to look like ancient beads. In many cases, I think they are wonderful in their own right.

I've seen beautiful jewelry made with very simple, inexpensive beads, and jewelry made with expensive, collectible beads that were honkin' ugly (IMHO.)

And of course, simple black, white and clear beads are hard workers when they're used to set off the beauty of other, more elegant beads.

By all means, give away the ones that don't interest you. But it's also okay to simply like what you like, and to choose better beads as and when you can afford them.

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