See photo 3 for Simichrome testing of the olive, oblong, and prayer beads on the piece which are Bakelite. There are 7 giant phenolic beads, these are old, probably Art Deco era. These range from 34mm to 36mm. They are geometric and varied, obviously hand cut and hand-faceted because no two are the same size, for example, the rectangular cube beads have a 5mm variance. There are two more "rounded" beads which look like they would have been giant round beads hat had a "face" shaved off, which leaves a circular face/ side that squares these circles!
There are two "apple juice" round Bakelite beads nearest the clasp, which is 14kt gf, and very ornate. Next are 4 faux butterscotch amber beads, made of Bakelite, these are not transparent. The rest of the beads are olive shaped, and are faux Amber Bakelite, these have egg yolk swirling. 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 butterscotch amber palette of German Bakelite. It inevitably has African and Middle Eastern trade and prayer beads, it was a part of a large bead and prayer bead and necklace collection. Please check my other listings. I gladly respond to any special requests most..
do you want three close-up photos of the bead? Send me a message - I happily answer any of these types of questions and enjoy talking about these pieces. The item "Vtg Tested Bakelite & GIANT Phenolic Amber Trade Prayer Bead 21 Necklace 332g" is in sale since Saturday, September 29, 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, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica.