Featured How to tell black beads apart - is it Jet, French Jet, Obsidian or Onyx

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by Dory64, Oct 24, 2021.

  1. Dory64

    Dory64 Active Member

    Found this fabulous necklace at a charity shop recently and would love to know how to tell if it's any of the above, or something else altogether.
    It's long enough to go around twice and still be a decent length, knotted and the beads are graduated up and down again.
    The beads are faceted, cold, opaque and shiny.
    Thanks in advance for any information, including possible age.
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  2. Ce BCA

    Ce BCA Well-Known Member

    The soft edges to the facets and shape suggests glass.
     
  3. Dory64

    Dory64 Active Member

    Thank you Ce BCA, I didn't even consider glass - I wouldn't have thought it would be knotted.
     
  4. Marie Forjan

    Marie Forjan Well-Known Member

    Suggest molded glass rather than cut glass :)

    A lot of nice, old glass bead necklaces are knotted.
     
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  5. Dory64

    Dory64 Active Member

    Thank you Marie
     
  6. Rayo56

    Rayo56 Well-Known Member

    Lets hope so - surely a poor soul that had the job of cutting them Itty Bitty facets on a tiny round glass orb would be residing in Hell.
     
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  7. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Those look molded for sure. I wouldn't want to think about faceting glass. Eek.
     
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  8. kyratango

    kyratango Bug jewellery addiction!

  9. Dory64

    Dory64 Active Member

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  10. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Yes you did.:) French jet, which you mention in the title, is actually glass.;)
     
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  11. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    The best test for true jet is to see if it leaves a smear on unglazed ceramic. I'd agree these are nice old glass.
     
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  12. Dory64

    Dory64 Active Member

    Oh, LoL, I expected French jet was jet from France - go figure!
     
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  13. Dory64

    Dory64 Active Member

    Great thanks Ownedbybear
     
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  14. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    You're very welcome.
     
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