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Original Message:   Re: Swat beads
Definitly I agree that there are some very good fakes around. Often the closer you get to the source the better the quality of the fakes that turn up. Quite a few of the flat carnelian beads look suspicious to me but I think it is at least worth finding out more about what is there. Only clearer pictures can give a better idea but I'd look closely at the three top rows. There is such a large range of styles in the beads shown and most are distinctly types that originate from the Swat area. It would be difficult to fake so many different types and find the range of specific raw material that have been used. Several of the beads are broken and badly damaged which is uncommon, but not unheard of with reproductions....after all a good forger always adds some defects. But anyway going by what I see and the experience I have with collecting ancient agate beads in that region I'd say that it worth investigating further what is there.
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