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  1. BMRT

    BMRT Jewelry cherry-picker, lover of silver

    I purchased a necklace today from my local thrift. It’s got three strands of fairly even in shape and color beads. Can anyone tell what type of beads these are? They are cool to the touch and very small. The clasp is marked “silver” and nothing else. B23664F9-B97C-4C19-9C42-E83BFD87C0E3.jpeg EE2FEC0C-217C-429E-8894-96FA009BC529.jpeg F98A4D51-4693-4CC6-BCBD-71B5C10773AE.jpeg 47410A41-9136-4662-B6A1-B12C8DD1889B.jpeg DCA40D8D-C765-4194-84A5-35F86C5FBD8D.jpeg
     
  2. Xristina

    Xristina Well-Known Member

    If they are cold to touch, I would say coral.. :happy:
     
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  3. BMRT

    BMRT Jewelry cherry-picker, lover of silver

    I guessed so too but I wasn’t sure someone would make tiny beads out of coral?
     
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  4. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    angel skin coral beads , perhaps !!! :happy:
     
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  5. BMRT

    BMRT Jewelry cherry-picker, lover of silver

    I had to look up angel skin. I’ve never heard of it but definitely seen them (or plastic masquerading) before. I grew up thinking coral was red or white and that’s it.
     
  6. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    They want to look like coral, but my suspicion is they are helmet shell. See photos here, particularly the beads around the middle of the page:

    https://cameotimes.com/index.php/reference/materials-guide?start=1

    'Angel skin' is a color, not its own type of coral, & which shades qualify is highly subjective. Would need very clear closeups of a few beads to know exactly what these are.
     
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  7. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    The clasp is Chinese.
     
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  8. BMRT

    BMRT Jewelry cherry-picker, lover of silver

    How can we tell?
     
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  9. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    Chinese in a good way. Older Chinese export.

    Chinese export necklace clasps are sort of a gilded silver mesh, often stamped "Silver". If you Ebay search "Chinese export necklace" you will see similar clasps.

    Usually means a nicer vintage necklace.

    I think this is a great piece. Fantastic thrift find.
     
  10. BMRT

    BMRT Jewelry cherry-picker, lover of silver

    I looked on eBay. I see what you mean, not bad for a $4 purchase shell or coral.
     
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  11. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    or make tiny beads out of shell.......:wideyed::wacky::wacky::wacky:
     
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  12. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

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  13. BMRT

    BMRT Jewelry cherry-picker, lover of silver

    Here is about as close as I can get them 566499F1-024D-456C-8F35-444F60FC3426.jpeg 84D9B51B-F859-4475-B56A-37518E7D7413.jpeg
     
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  14. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Ah! At that distance they look like coral. Congratulations! :)
     
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  15. BMRT

    BMRT Jewelry cherry-picker, lover of silver

    I take it that’s good? I wonder what time frame? The things I’ve looked at online show me bigger beads but similarity in clasp style.
     
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  16. Marko

    Marko Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah, coral is good. Not sure of time frame. I am curious, what is the length?
     
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  17. BMRT

    BMRT Jewelry cherry-picker, lover of silver

    @Marko it’s about 18 inches from clasp to end and 8 inches when closed. 41548B0A-CF14-41BC-BA7A-B1272EC8CBEA.jpeg
     
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