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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 …. photos by: RP (Bob) Birt ]

My gemologist tells me that these beads were carved with a diamond drill which means they were probably carved post 1950… about 100 years after the carved jade beads in our next blog.

But if you love green and have a special occasion where you want everyone’s eyes on you… these beads are for you.

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