A specialist in cylinder seals would probably know best.
Re: I feel it would be worthwhile for you to have the bead tested for potential gold content. -- Frederick II Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Frederick II Post Reply
07/25/2018, 13:19:48

The "tarnish" may be surface soil, or treatment to make the bead look old. And, I feel, the color of the bead looks like 9-12K. Small pits and craters occur from casting.

We are each doing the best we can do to speculate based upon our personal areas of expertise. I have specialized in ojime, which are usually the same size and often made of metal, and fabricated or cast. Collectors gain advanced intuition through first hand experience -having invested money. Researchers gain knowledge by investing time. It takes one or the other or both to come closer to the truth.

A true bead researcher must see it in person. Or, at least, see results of a test for metal content. At the same time, Beadcollector.net participants are helping one another by revealing their logic -albeit in the dark.

Modified by Frederick II at Wed, Jul 25, 2018, 14:01:35

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