Vintage UNAKITE A grade Coral Jade Green Beads 8mm pkg50 rb130
Vintage A grade coral jade green unakite stone beads 16" strand in a 8mm round size. The quality of these round vintage unakite beads is very good with an even polish and the characteristic colors of olive green and shades of light and dark coral peach. Beads like this nowadays ,are mostly cut in India and high quality beads ( perfectly round and polished ) are not being produced because people don't want to pay the difference for top quality.
We personally selected a number of these strands in Hong Kong during the early 1980s when I was actively designing jewelry for the Smithsonian's mail order catalog and museum shops. Back in the 1980's the standards of cutting were superb and as we were able to literally hand pick all the beads, we selected only the best. Most of the unakite stone beads that you find online these days are B to C grade - not perfectly round, not evenly polished, not always drilled all the way through and more often than not, the material itself is of a significantly lesser quality than what we purchased over 25 years ago.
Unakite is a kind of granite that is unique - being composed entirely of feldspar (peach color) and epidote (green). Unakite is a granitic rock consisting of orthoclase feldspar ( peach color) and epidote (green). . Unakite is named after the locality of its discovery which is the Unaka Mountains in the Blue Ridge area of the eastern United States. It's found in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. The material was then shipped to Asia where it was cut and superbly polished.
***If you love these stone beads, please check out the unusually carved ones we also have in our shop ( in oval and melon twists for instance.***
?I recently found a few of these 8mm round strands left from our purchases so many years ago. If you want more than 1 of these strands just please convo me and I can put up a RESERVE listing for you.?
Price is for 50 beads ( 1- 16" strand ). Because these are natural stone, the patterns and amount of coral will vary from stone to stone but the strand you see photographed is representational of what we have.
I sold many of these vintage unakite 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.
Please see my profile for more information about my career as a jewelry designer!
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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!