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Original Message:   Re: Re: Correct Bead ID.
Hi Jamey!

Thanks so much for the response.

On my 'Delft' bead guess, it was based on only a cursory look at beads I saw available on eBay and Etsy, so I, in all honesty, didn't give it enough thought before posting my question.

It's obvious now, (or is it?), that Delft beads would be ceramic a la Delft tiles. I can imagine how annoying it can be for honest sellers, or anyone who takes bead history seriously, to see all the fakes and misattributions by unknowledgeable or unscrupulous sellers. I experienced this routinely when I was selling Native American jewelry on eBay. The junk I saw passed off as Native American jewelry, or plastic passed off as genuine turquoise, would make me cringe.

At any rate, thanks so much for the book suggestions, I'll try and pick up copies sometime soon.

I'm so glad you like the necklace, I exclusively, and obsessively, collect Guatemalan jewelry and also Mexican milagro necklaces and charms these days. I have a few very, very scarce Ecuadorian crosses as well.

I believe the necklace I posted pictures of was restrung incorrectly so I'll restring it in the proper manner using the appropriate string/cord. I need just a bit more research to decide what I'll use.

You can see how my interest in Guatemalan and Mexican milagro necklace constantly overlaps with the world of bead collecting.

Btw, if you are the seller Beanmanttt on eBay and Etsy, I have bought beads from you before and have loved everything I've gotten, mostly red heart trade beads, which were used in both Guatemalan and the Mexican necklaces I collect. It's better to use coral, but good, untreated coral is just so hard to find these days.

I'll post a pic of the milagro necklace that started my obsessive milagro search. I sold this necklace back in 2006 for 2k and have regretted it ever since. I've been trying to find another that I could afford or re-create one as close t0 it as possible using only antique milagros; they are scarcer than hen's teeth though so it's taken my FOR-EVER, but I'm getting close. I'm having trouble with the file sizes today so it's a small pic.

Unfortunately I don't have a FB account, I'd have to buy another cheap phone to create one as I am less than thrilled with their lack of privacy, etc. Perhaps I'll do it though, I'll mull it over.

Anyway, thanks again Jamey, Mary

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