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Original Message:   You may be right, Shinji…And, how did you decide this?
I would not doubt that this glass is ancient because this color is sometimes agreed to be from ancient Egypt; ingots of glass were used as ballast for ancient vessels enroute to Southeast Asia. Also sometimes said to have been remade into beads from the Majapahit Kingdom. We can also see this color used for beautiful and popular carved "Pyu" beads from Burma today. -And these are also being offered as "ancient" -but not acid etched...These fables are fractured too.

I have been offered these beat up ovoid blue beads in East Java (where almost all of the Jatim reproductions are being beautifully copied.) But I wonder just how "ancient" they are? Some of them do have variations in devitrification. But most of them appear to have the same patination which -I have found- could be simulated with Hydrofluoric acid. There are plenty of these beads. And they do not sell well. So maybe they are quite old --because there is nearly no reason to make so many of them.

I have witnessed experimentation with hazardous Hydrofluoric acid. And you would be well advised not to try it yourself. But you would learn alot by witnessing the effects of this dangerous chemical on beads.

And I do not know that I am right. But one has to enter into the antiques market with a great deal of skepticism…I am just offering my opinion based upon my very limited experience in the antiques bead market over a forty something year period. So, please share from your experience; I welcome being corrected. After all, we learn more from polite disagreement than from passive compatibility.

Just Fred

P.S. Shinji…Please provide a link to your website and/or Facebook page.

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