This is an estate collection piece with crossover interest for collectors of Art Deco, Faturan, Bakelite, Trade Beads, Phenolics, and prayer beads! One of my favorite aspects of trade and trade beads is the sharing of trends across continents. I'm aware that a lot of these older phenolics are German - to me this necklace has a distinctively autumnal color palette of German Bakelite. It inevitably has African and Middle Eastern beads. I Simichrome tested all of he beads except for duplicates/mirror images - for example the cubes geometric beads - I tested one.The "inner circle" of q-tips all Simichrome tested with a turnout in an amber gold to dark amber-tobacco shade, this is in a photo. Damage: the large center bead comes back light yellow with Simichrome, see pictures, it has a scrape on it. The deep cherry colored bead also has a scrape. It limits me to 12 pictures, so if you have anything you want photographed let me know. There is one green phenolic bead - for whatever reason that is my personal favorite/most coveted phenolic. It's the complimentary color to red and I simply love that there's one green bead here as a contrast. One is a great faux butterscotch amber that has marbelling - it is the most orange bead in photos. There's also a great mix of shiny and matte - you can tell I adore this - there are matte Nicole beads in yellow and red swirl, and matte cubes - the green bead is also matte. There are also many high-shine pieces, in reds, yellows, ambers. A very natural color palette of fun. Please check my other listings. I hope to get everything pictured in the mass-grouping listed, culminating with the vase. Highlights: a 49mm long tubular Faturan Trade Bead (accompanied by other beads on necklace), a great cherry amber Komboloi, and a 960 gram hand carved vase that Simichrome tests as Bakelite Faturan is a Phenolic and sometimes test as Bakelite, and sometimes not - many genuine pieces do not test positive - including many of the wonderful pieces in this incredible collection. It's about 50/50 as many were created with other phenolic substances. I gladly respond to any special requests most.. do you want three close-up photos of the bead home?
Send me a message - I happily answer any of these types of questions and enjoy talking about these pieces. The item "Antique Art Deco Tested Bakelite, Faturan Amber Prayer Trade Bead 22 Necklace" is in sale since Tuesday, August 28, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Religion & Spirituality\Islam\Prayer Beads". The seller is "theambercoast" and is located in Iowa City, Iowa. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica.