Vintage Cape Amethyst Bead Bracelet Lampwork Glass


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Vintage Cape Amethyst Bead Bracelet Lampwork Glass


Vintage violet purple cape amethyst stone beads, vintage German purple glass beads,Contemporary Chinese lamp work amber brown gold purple glass beads

Vintage top quality violet colored cape amethyst beads which measure approximately 1/2" in diameter have been paired with dark purple vintage German glass beads from the 1950s for contrast and contemporary Chinese glass beads of equally rich colors. No two of these Chinese handmade beads are alike. Tiny iridescent magenta purple seed beads separate each bead for added definition.

I personally selected and purchased these cape amethyst beads in Hong Kong during the late 1970s when I was on a buying trip. I was designing jewelry for the Smithsonian's museum shops and mail order catalogs. These beads were cut and polished at a time when the standards of cutting in Asia were meticulous - the beads being perfectly round, uniform and with a high polish.
Nowadays most of the stone beads you see are coming out of India where the standards of cutting are not like the vintage Chinese stone beads of the 1970s.

The handmade Chinese glass beads are a deep amber brown with swirls of mustard yellow and purple and are beautifully translucent when held up to the light. They are also approximately 1/2" in diameter.
Finally, an ornate gold bead from the 1940s with a ruffled edge picks up the feeling of the delicate swirled pattern in the Chinese beads to complete this asymmetrical bracelet.
Gold plated ornate beads add additional texture and compliment the ornate gold plated toggle clasp.

►Amethyst was classified for centuries as a precious stone. It is found in localities throughout the world, occurring as well-formed crystals in pockets and geodes (hollow crystal-lined balls and nodules). Crystals of amethyst often form in the final stage of vein-filling crystallization. These crystal "points" can be transparent and yield magnificent faceted amethyst gemstones when cut and polished. The massive vein amethyst below the transparent “points” is typically banded with intricate angular patterns.

If the bands of violet or purple amethyst in a typical vein alternate with bands of "white" quartz (quartz without any pigmentation), the result is a unique banded amethyst that was originally found in large quantities in the Cape Province of South Africa. This material therefore came to be known as "Cape Amethyst".◀

This bracelet measures approximately 8 1/4" long and will arrive in a vintage Chinese embroidered silk brocade purse all ready for gift giving.


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vintage cape amethyst bead,purple stone bead,vintage glass bead,purple glass bead,German vintage glass bead,gold bead,Chinese lampwork glass bead

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Color: Blue

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First Item: $4.00
Additional Items: $0.50


We try to ship (First class) within 72 hours of receiving payment. Insurance will add a bit more depending on the value of your purchase.Our products ship first class mail and Priority Mail in the USA and First Class international.
If the customer wishes to have tracking and insurance for international orders,the package must be shipped either Express or Priority mail. Please contact us for such estimated shipping costs.
We cannot be responsible for shipments lost in transit unless insured by the customer.

**We automatically insure DOMESTIC packages if they're $100 or more! All such packages have a tracking number and normally ship USPS First Class *** Priority mail is $7.50 FOR UP TO 1 lb. of merchandise.
For international shipping of higher value items, please contact us for a shipping quotation.

ORDERS INSIDE USA: A charge of $3.60 covers any first class shipment up to 8 ounces. Our beads vary so much in weight that it is impossible for us to apply a single add-on charge for multiple product orders. We will continue to refund to customers any amount that greatly exceeds our actual cost of shipping and handling.
ORDERS OUTSIDE USA: International First Class rates are now crazy: $13.50 for any package weighing from 1-8 ounces. Even an order for 2-3 small bead items may cost $13.50 or more, depending on the type of material (stone versus resin, for example). Please bear with us for a few weeks while we change our listings to account for the new rates. We apologize in advance if we have to adjust the postage cost of an order that has been placed. We will understand if an order is rescinded when the postage cost is too high relative to the product value.

All international orders have contents described as "loose beads" and are flagged as "commercial samples" or " gift" if you prefer to make your life easier when receiving your beads. If you'd like us to mark your order as " gift" instead please let us know!

All our beads are inspected one by one before being shipped. They are individually wrapped to protect them and then put in little plastic ziploc bags.

All vintage beaded jewelry is either shipped in a little gift box tied with a ribbon or in a vintage Chinese embroidered silk purse.

If you ever have a problem with a damaged bead or jewelry, don't hesitate to contact us. We are only human, and with so many orders going out on a daily basis, there is always room for error. We will replace your order (assuming we have more in stock), issue you a store credit, or give you a full refund if the item is returned in the same condition as it was shipped within 7 days of receiving your order if you are not fully satisfied. You must notify us as soon as you receive your order if there is a problem.
We want you to be 100% thrilled with your purchases!

We value each and every customer and are delighted that you have chosen to shop in our store! Customer relations are extremely important to us and we pride ourselves on the authenticity of what we sell, how we package it, and being accessible to all of you should a question or a problem ever arise.

Thank you - Debby and Joel Arem


mojogirl58 on Sep 24, 2016
5 stars

Nice beads!! Super fast thanks a lot!!!
Patron292488 on Jun 22, 2015
5 stars

I have dreamed of having a necklace such as the jade one. But the red one. That was a surprise. Both are beautiful. Thank you! Best, Jane
Patron129202 on Feb 19, 2015
5 stars

Lovely color;!interesting stones.
Patron249228 on Apr 5, 2014
5 stars

When I thought that I had ordered two of these and then checked out I had to order another set. The seller was very kind and combined my two orders and refunded my shipping.
Patron249228 on Apr 5, 2014
5 stars

Nice quick shipping on some hard to find items! Good packaging too!

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