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Original Message:   General ID Tutorial
Hello everybody,

I just asked myself, how you start investigating a bead. I read nearly every article, blog, book and I just wrote down a "how to" for myself...

The attached pictures for example:

Step 1: What kind of bead is it? Step 2: Drill holes? Step 3: Surface? Step 4: Color? Step 5: Shine? Step 6: Bead location/Seller communication, listening to the often funny storys :-)

So my conclusion for this bead is:

Step 1: Zi, Sakor Namkor Step 2: Not centered, slightly used look, no clear statement possible Step 3: Slight signs of wethering, not clear, few dings, overall no sharp edges. Step 4: Pattern clear, seems deep in matrix, no floating of pattern, color unusual, colors slightly fade Step 5: Reflections are not too glossy, nice light refraction Step 6: Allegedly 100 years old

So my opinion would be: Price 500 USD: Dzi bead, 1990 Taiwan. Price of 2500 USD: too dangerous to buy Price of 2.500.000 USD: It is real and I print the pictures and frame them.

Do you have any Steps you include in your investigation that I do not have in mine? How does the pricing of a bead affect you? Feel free to correct me... Any book recommendation? Any European meetings where people discuss these topics?

Thank you very very much in advance, Josh

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