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Original Message:   Re: I don't think LD's bead should be labeled a reproduction.
Again...we seem to judge an ancient bead by the ware at the perforations. Not all beads have been worn for centuries. Not all beads have signs of chord sawing. I've seen plenty of fake marks on beads and usually there are many of these crescent marks on the fakes. They are made by passing the bead through a steel roller. These machines will make dozens of these marks on the surface of the bead, not just a few like the bead in question. As for chord sawing....This happens when a bead is lucky enough to have been worn for hundreds of years. Not all beads are this lucky. Even on informational sites like dzibeads.co.uk and ancientbead.com discuss and show examples of ancient beads without chord sawing or surface marks. There were more beads made then just the few we have been able to collect. Many....Never survive more then a few months before they are lost one way or another. Many beads were purchased just for a burial and are never worn by anyone living. Looking down inside the perf's of this bead shows a very clean and smooth channel where as fakes generally have drilling dust imbedded in the channel. It really comes down to trust and honesty of the seller. Finding a trust worthy dealer is the key to getting great beads. So don't rely solely on chord ware or dings on the surface.
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