In a book it said that some nearly the same beads are sometimes made of gold and sometimes called gears. I think they were in 3 bits as well .I have got some a bit the same from Lulu
the design is a combination of moulded opaque glass zigzag shapes, stamped metal discs -some folded as matching zigzags, and 5 featured handmade lampwork foiled beads with clear pink outer layers
-sorry same pictures!
Your beads are much nicer than my boring black and clear beads.
all beads are interesting and we learn so much from them- how they were made, what they are made of, and if they are copies they tell us what somebody thought was special enough to copy!
and some of the old and traditional beads and bead jewellery may have had important and precious meanings for the people who wore them- such as the power of protecting against illness or harm.
maybe you know about christian, muslim, hindu or buddhist prayer beads, or beads with an eye design that ward off the evil eye?
if you collect and want to find out about any beads its hard to be really bored...
quite ordinary small beads are used to make wonderful beadwork patterns...
right now when there is time, i am trying to list a lot of the beads in my collection to label and catalogue them properly and have begun taking photographs of them. i've been collecting for many years so my cupboards and shelves are quite stacked up...
i'm not such a good photographer so a friend is also helping me.
Hello . I have lots of beads I buy beads that I don't really like much if I don't have them or if I want to poke them a bit. Some times I rub them with sand paper to see what s I side or rub them with nail vanish remover.I used to be heated up some beads to see what they were but my green beads set on fire and my mum was very mad and I'm not allowed to do it . I can only buy beads that don't cost a lot i don't care that they're fakes because my brother said its ok if you are used totouching fakes you will kbow straight away when you touch a real thing like how experts can know a fake because they are used to real one . Because it must work both ways I hope it does anyway.I have been giving some of my beads away because I have got a lot and I can't keep so many at one time till I have my own house which will be 20 years from now bye from Lulu
I look back at some of the beads I thought were sooooo beautiful when I first started buying, and I wonder what I was thinking.
Others that I thought were "meh", are now much more interesting to me.
And of course, there are some I absolutely loved, and now I wish I'd bought more!
Re: "Fakes", there are fakes and there are fakes. There's a whole history of glass beads that imitated precious stones,handmade beads in Africa meant to imitate European beads, and in my case, beads I make myself to look like ancient beads. In many cases, I think they are wonderful in their own right.
I've seen beautiful jewelry made with very simple, inexpensive beads, and jewelry made with expensive, collectible beads that were honkin' ugly (IMHO.)
And of course, simple black, white and clear beads are hard workers when they're used to set off the beauty of other, more elegant beads.
By all means, give away the ones that don't interest you. But it's also okay to simply like what you like, and to choose better beads as and when you can afford them.