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Stone: "African jade" - not a true jade
Treatment: natural, untreated
Shape: smooth rondelle
Size: approximately 4x6mm
Color: light and medium teal green with some dark reddish brown spots and some whitish areas
Grade B
full strand (15.5") = approximately 94-100 beads
half strand (7.5") = approximately 47-50 beads

This "African jade" is not a true jade - it is not nephrite or jadeite. It is also not grossular garnet. I am not sure of its mineralogy; I'm fairly certain that it is an altered rock type. Please contact me if you have some information. Whatever its mineralogy, it certainly is attractive!

All ABeadSea purchases will be carefully packaged and shipped within two business days of receiving payment.

Please contact me if you'd like a different quantity than what I have listed. If I have what you need, I'll let you know the cost, and I can set up a custom listing for you.

If you have more information about the stones I have listed, please write to me. I'm always eager to learn more.

If your order is to be shipped to a California address, sales tax will be added on when you check out.

Frequently asked questions about StowawayBeads

I do my best to provide measurements for all of my beads, but sizes and drill holes measure quite a bit in natural gemstone beads. All measurements listed are approximate only.
With the exception of hematite, all of the beads I offer were made by nature. Quite a few of them have been enhanced in various way to improve appearance or durability. I try to mention the known treatments in my listings. I personally prefer natural, untreated gemstones, so I choose those whenever possible. However some types of gemstones are always, always treated. For example, onyx is not black in nature.; black onyx is always dyed. Soft minerals like magnesite must always be stabilized to be durable enough to use as beads. Citrine and carnelian beads are almost always heat-treated. And although hematite is a naturally-occurring mineral, hematite beads are always man made. If you'd like to know about a particular gemstone, please ask me.
Sales tax is automatically added to any order being shipped to a California address. If you are a reseller in California, please send me a completed BOE resale certificate (Form 230). Once I have verified your seller's permit, I will refund your sales tax.
I offer bulk discounts for orders of $100+, $250+, and $500+ in the form of coupon codes sent out in my monthly newsletter (sign up at http://news.stowawaybeads.com ).
We've all seen bead shops that claim all of their beads are grade "A+++". Unfortunately, this isn't very meaningful or helpful when shopping. The problem is that there is no standardized system for grading gemstone beads, either nationally or internationally, so here I provide the criteria used for grading the beads sold in my shop. I hope that these criteria will be helpful to customers purchasing online from me.

See "Gemstone Grades" below.
Grade D: Beads that can be used in more rustic or crafty projects. Often made with material that has flaws or less-than-ideal color. Can include uneven cutting or off-center drilling. I include these beads because I find them pretty, flaws and all. Depending on what kind of work you are doing with these, beads, you may find there are several culls per strand with these beads.
Grade C: Better quality than Grade D (fewer flaws and better color), but can include uneven cutting or off-center drilling. The size and shape of the beads within a strand can vary a good amount. Depending on what kind of work you are doing with these, beads, you may find there are a few culls per strand with these beads.
Grade B: Quality material, with a good polish (unless the beads are intentionally meant to be matte, or a softer material that does not take on a good polish), good cutting and drilling. Beads that are rated Grade B in my shop can be found graded as Grade A, AA, and AAA elsewhere. The beads are fairly uniform in size and shape throughout the strand. These are some nice gemstone beads.
Grade A: Best material which is usually used in making beads. Excellent polish, cutting, and drilling. The beads are extremely uniform in size and shape.
Grade AA: High-quality material that is usually not used in beads, because it can fetch a higher per-carat price when sold as loose faceted stones or cabochons than as beads.
The vast majority of gemstone beads are cut in either India or China. Both India and China are experiencing rapid rises in the cost of living right now. The workers who cut gemstone beads are being paid more, so the price of beads are correspondingly increasing.

There are also price increases when a material that is in demand is mined out (such as Morgan Hill poppy jasper or Sleeping Beauty turquoise). The material becomes harder to obtain, and so prices for that material will increase.

African "Jade" Beads - 6mm Rondelle - Limited Quantity



  • Craft type: Beading
  • Primary color: Green
  • Material: african jade
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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