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Original Message:   Re: Re: Re: Generally it's helpful when one hopes for input about their bead or beads....
Well well well....sounds like someone buys beads only by judging them against a picture...Fakes are a big biz.. And no you can't always make a judgment using a photograph..However... Knowing at least a little of the science of glass and of beads is the best protection you can have.. Just because a bead you have looks just like the one in the photo or artical doesn't mean yours is real. You need to study beads for a long time...you can read old threds here and see how some of these folks have progressed insofar as their knowledg of beads. We have all been douped...Generally, I have found that someone who can't except the fact that they have been fooled usually has a large collection of fakes in thier bead invantory. I get great advise here at bcn and what you have to remember is....their advise should only be a starting point for your own exploration into the bead ou have made a topic...You are responsible for knowing what you have,and if you havn't done your homework....you can and will get burned.... I don't think I've ever seen a fake bead sold here that wasn't listed as a fake or repo.... That being said...I think you need to slow down a little and go to some expos and ask lots of questions...relax...and enjoy beads...it's not a power trip...someone will asways have a cooler bead then yours....god luck
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