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Original Message:   Russian Blue Copies from Taiwan?
Hello all -- I was recently going though some beads I acquired in an estate sale, and the prior owner of these particular beads had some very tantalizing notes about their origin. According to her notes, these "Russian Blue" beads were actually manufactured in Taiwan in the mid-1990s. The story goes that these fakes were initially highly successful in tricking a number of trade bead collectors. At some point, it appears, these Taiwanese manufacturers overplayed their hand, and the whole shell game collapsed in on itself as collectors realized that this sudden spurt of Russian Blues was, indeed, too good to be true. Just fascinating, and I thought you all might enjoy the story.

These little devils were difficult to photograph, as the blue color isn't quite coming through right. In fact, they are a little darker blue than most Russian Blues I've seen from the Africa trade. Anyone out there know more of the story?

Cheers! Abe @ www.beadstore.com
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