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Original Message:   Unusual Jatim
I wonder how such rather big beads had been worn traditionally and by whom and when? Possibly too heavy (and precious) as daily jewelry, especially since a full necklace must have been rather heavy.

Authentic pieces like this ones - the two on the left side are exceptionally wonderful collectibles - never really got the full appreciation they deserve, I fear (not in the West, that is).

Another pity the fact that all this "perfect copies" seem to have destroyed the market. Jatim beads are not my speciality, but it is not only for that reason I would not feel confident to decide between old and new specimen. Speaks for the contemporary makers, not my knowledge, I guess!

Still wonderful beads - even the new ones!

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