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Original Message:   Re: Re: Folk lore vs. facts
Africa, 50 years ago? Even I would say 'no'. Given what I've learned on here plus seeing enough antique beads it would have been very hard to make those beads in Africa 50 years ago. The glass is too clear, the cuts are too clean, hexigons? What tool would do that so evenly and on such a large scale? In my very humble opinion, it really just doesnt add up. PLEASE EXPERTS CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG!

I do deal with a lot of African beads. Joyce AND Stephany on here are true experts on beads like this. Tasert on gemstones, Russ, Will- I mean these people really know what they are talking about.

I've been handed a lot of estate pieces and there is the folk lore that gets handed down with the jewelery and then theres the truth. You have to be a detective, archeologist, gemologist and historian many times to know the difference. It's A LOT of work but I have come to conclude, believe only about 1% of what you hear, 50% of what you see from your seller/source (especially a civilian) but a good 80% of what you can learn on here. The other 10 percent comes from your own experience and common sense, which grows the longer you work with these things. The task can be immense.

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