Vintage Lapis Lazuli AA Grade Bead Necklace, Vintage Red Carnelian, Vintage Japanese 1970s Blue Millefiori Glass,Gold
Vintage AA grade natural lapis lazuli stone beads, Vintage Carnelian Beads,Vintage Japanese Blue teardrop millefiori glass beads, gold filled beads
Gorgeous 8mm natural midnight blue lapis has been combined with vintage 8mm deep orange carnelian beads - both of these semiprecious stone beads pick up the colors in the beautiful Japanese vintage teardrop millefiori glass beads.
► All the stone beads which I use were personally selected by me in Hong Kong during the 1970s-1980s when the standards of cutting were meticulous. Nowadays, stone beads are being cut and imported from India where the labor is cheap, the beads are not always perfectly round, nor do they have an even polish and many times they are not even drilled all the way through .
◉ FOR COORDINATED BLUE MILLEFIORI Glass Bead Earrings:
►Millifiori' literally means “thousand flowers”. To make such beads, thin rods of different colors of glass are bundled together, with the ends of the rods forming a design, such as flowers. The bundle is fused together, then cross section slices are cut off, jelly-roll fashion. These slices are applied and melted over a glass core. The resulting bead has a three dimensional look filled with flowers or other patterns.◀
►Revered by ancient civilizations and prized more highly than gold, lapis has an unrivaled and unbroken record as a precious commodity that has endured more than 7,000 years. Ancient caravan routes have been traced across the middle east from the original sources in Afghanistan across the kingdoms of Mesopotamia and Assyria to the royal courts of Sumer and Egypt. Lapis was used in jewelry, regal objects and the most sacred of religious rituals; it was even a component of the Breastplate of the High Priest, one of 12 stones symbolically representing the ancient tribes of Israel. Lapis is actually not a mineral, but a rock, made up of a collection of minerals that give it texture and variety. The gold flecks are the mineral pyrite (sometimes known as "fools' gold") and the white spots are calcite. The finest lapis comes from Afghanistan but more recent finds have been made in such unlikely places as Chile, Colorado and Siberia.
This necklace was part of my original " Beadles" collection of the 1980s and was actually sold in the Smithsonian's museum shops and Holiday mail order catalog during this time period.
It measures approximately 28" long and has been hand knotted on silk cord which I have dyed deep blue to match the lapis beads.
Vintage gold filled beads in both a 5mm size and a 7mm ribbed spacer add more texture and a bit of sparkle.
▶ This necklace will arrive gift wrapped in a lovely vintage Chinese embroidered silk brocade purse all ready for gift giving
◉ I also sell these vintage embroidered silk brocade purses - available in 3 different sizes - in my other Etsy vintage supply shop - EurekaEureka.etsy.com
**** Shipping cost includes insurance within the U.S. and International ***
All Other Countries
First Item: $6.50
Additional Items: $0.50
First Item: $3.50
Additional Items: $0.30
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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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!