Monthly Archives: August 2011

Chinese Antique Jade Bead Comparison

As part of this series on beads, I want to spend some time talking about quality… what makes one bead more valuable than another … here is an example using the Jade stone… [ click on images to enlarge …. photos by: RP (Bob) Birt ] “The Chinese have venerated and worn jade for over […]

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Chinese Antique Carved Amethyst Court Beads

Amethyst is one of the most popular varieties of the quartz family… there are many ancient legends about these lovely stones. [ click on images to enlarge …. photos by: RP (Bob) Birt ] “Formerly it was believed that amethyst protected drinkers from becoming drunk…worn as an amulet, amethyst was used as a charm against […]

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Chinese Vintage Serpentine Beads

This is probably the most dramatic string of beads in the ‘bead blog series’ that I am writing… the green is so strong that many people assume they are jade … but they are serpentine, a softer stone than jade, so it is easier to hollow out the stones. [ click on images to enlarge […]

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2011 Northumberland Studio Tour

I am very excited to announce that I have been accepted to show my bead work on the 2011 Northumberland Hills Studio Tour, September 10th and 11th …a tour filled with great artists in some of the prettiest towns in Ontario … Please visit my new bead page www.susandods.com/beads …with its link to the tour […]

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Chinese Mandarin Court Necklace

We have featured a number of these necklaces on the blog over the years … there is something very special and compelling about them. One can only imagine the history that they have witnessed …the stories that they could tell! [ click on images to enlarge …. photos by: RP (Bob) Birt ] Lately, there […]

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