Vintage AA Grade Pink Coral Carved Bead Bracelet, Bali Gold Clasp
Vintage AA grade carved angel skin coral barrel focal bead with carved longevity symbol, pink angel skin coral beads,Bali gold toggle clasp, gold filled beads
Elegant in its simplicity, this approximately 8 1/2" long vintage angel skin coral bracelet is comprised of 12 top quality, saturated pink color 9 -10mm smooth coral beads that we personally selected in Taiwan in the mid 1980s. ( there are 25mm to the inch so the smallest of the round beads are approximately 1/4" and the larger round ones are approximately 3/8" in diameter)
The focal point of this one of a kind bracelet is an ornately carved angel skin coral ' barrel ' shaped focal bead which measures 3/4" in length and 1/2" in width !
It features the Chinese character for longevity or eternity - a carved pattern very common in the 1970s -1980s in Asia.
The carving is exquisite and was meticulously done with great pride in the workmanship. This bead alone weighs approximately 5 grams.
All these gorgeous, evenly polished vintage angel skin coral beads are separated by 2 different vintage gold filled beads - an ornate 5mm round filigree and a few 8mm ribbed abacus shaped beads . Tiny gold beads separate each bead in this lovely bracelet to add definition.
This bracelet has been finished on a Bali gold plated sterling silver toggle clasp
Fine quality angel skin coral like this is hard to find and well carved and detailed beads such as the ones in this bracelet are extremely scarce if even available - you will not find a bead such as this at your local gem show!
As with faceted gems, fine coral like this is sold by weight.
There are approximately 20.6 grams of coral in this bracelet.
? Please note: Coral is the hard skeleton created by tiny marine organisms known as "coral polyps". The " construction process " varies greatly with time and local conditions and is therefore very irregular. This results in lack of homogeneity in the skeleton that takes the form of small pits and fissures. These pits and fissures are not imperfections but rather part of the growth process . These are always present and do not affect the structural integrity of the material. You may see examples of such fissures in the photos .
Corals live in warm water oceans all over the world, and their habitat has been steadily disappearing because of human water pollution and over fishing. Since coral collection and mining was banned worldwide in 1992, it is very difficult to find such beads as these in the bead trade! The U.S also currently has a ban on importing corals . We do have the documentation to show that these beads were purchased by us in 1984.
Total length of this one of a kind bracelet is approximately 8 1/2". It will arrive in a vintage Chinese embroidered silk brocade purse all ready for gift giving.
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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.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: POSTAGE RATES HAVE RISEN DRAMATICALLY IN 2016
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.
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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
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.
Nice quick shipping on some hard to find items! Good packaging too!