VINTAGE Tigereye AAA Grade BEADS 10mm 16 inch Strand 43beads RB300
Superb vintage AAA grade tigereye beads that were acquired in Hong Kong on one of our first buying trips. They are EXTREMELY well cut, perfectly round and with a very high polish as you can see in the photographs!
Back in the 1970's - 1980's, the cutting standards in Asia were of the highest quality - most of the beads nowadays are cut in India and are in many cases inferior to the Asian cutting of over 30 years ago.
We traveled to Hong Kong on this buying trip back in the early 1980's for a necklace I had designed for the Smithsonian's mail order catalog and museum shops. We purchased a number of these 10mm strands of AAA grade tigereye and we have decided to part with a few now.
***PLEASE NOTE: Tigereye comes in many grades.
Most people are not aware of the wide variability in appearance and polish. Top grade material ( AAA ) is solid and dense with the mineral fibers intact ( no voids ), uniform color and hard.
In fact,this AAA grade of material is used to produce the very rare catseye cabochons and many AAA beads show this unique effect.*****
Lower tigereye grades show variable color (irregular patches of blue and red )and the material varies in hardness so polished beads have long pits where fibers have actually pulled out.
Supply problems in South Africa have created a shortage of top grade tigereye. Most of what you see sold online is B and C grade material which is far less valuable. The price of such material may seem attractive but " you get what you pay for" so be sure of what you are buying!
We 100% guarantee these tigereye beads to be AAA grade and vintage from the late 1970's. Price is for one 16" strand of AAA grade 10mm tigereye beads which contains 43 beads.
The luster on these beads is stunning as you can see in all the photographs although these beads are over 25 years old.
**One of the photographs shows one of many of the books Joel has written. The Color Encyclopedia of Gemstones has for more than 30 years been the world's most authoritative source of information on (and pictures of) gemstones, including many of the rare gems, such as andalusite. (book not included in purchase!) So be assured that you can purchase with confidence from our shop!
I sold many of these gem quality tigereye beads through the Smithsonian Institution's museum shop and mail order catalog during the 1980's and they were also featured in trunk shows at Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue during this same time period.
You can read more about my career as a jewelry designer in my profile page!
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First Item: $ 16.50
Additional Items: $ 0.00
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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.
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**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-$10.00 FOR UP TO 1 lb. of merchandise, depending on distance from our location.
For international shipping of higher value items, please contact us for a shipping quotation.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: POSTAGE RATES HAVE RISEN DRAMATICALLY IN 2020
ORDERS INSIDE USA: A charge of $4.00 covers any first class shipment up to 15 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: $16.50 for any package weighing from 1-5 ounces. Even an order for 2-3 small bead items may cost $16.50 or more, depending on the type of material (stone versus resin, for example). 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
Love my beads! The coloring in the epidote was not as intense as illustrated, but it is certainly a good example of the mineral. The colors in the unakite beads are wonderful. The quality of the carving I would rate as good to excellent.
Nice beads!! Super fast thanks a lot!!!
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
Lovely color;!interesting stones.
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.