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Faceted Blue Antique beads with an occasional French Steel cut Copper bead here and there
Vintage metal beads that have not been produced since the being of WW2
Looking for something that sparkles that can't be found at your local bead shop, look no more, these beads have only gained in value and continue to be highly desirable to collectors and jewelry designers alike. Add these little treasures to your handmade projects to give your pieces a timeless style that has Sparkle and interesting to look at
BEAUTIFUL DIAMOND CUT BEADS
These unique beads haven't been produced since the turn of the 19th Century; back then, bead making was a real art. Today, French Metal Beads are most often used in Victorian-era purse restorations,as well as in high-end jewelry design. In general, the holes of these beads are quite large and should accommodate a #12 or smaller beading needle. Because they are quite rare, quantities are limited. Again, these are Metal beads, not glass. Please care for them properly.
A LITTLE HISTORY .........THE FRENCH WERE THE FIRST TO PRODUCE THESE AMAZING BEADS WHICH STARTED A FASHION TREND IN THE LATE 1800S. SOON AFTER, THE FASHION MADE IT'S WAY TO THE USA AND A FEW AMERICAN MAKERS STARTED TO PRODUCE THE BEADS WHICH FAILED TO LIVE UP TO THE QUALITY OF THE FRENCH MADE BEADS. AMERICAN MADE STEEL BEADS RUST AT A MUCH FASTER RATE THEN THE FRENCH STEEL CUTS. IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE METAL MINED IN THE US WAS LESS SUPERIOR TO THAT FOUND IN FRANCE MINES.